Teen Clinic is here for YOU, too!
Parents and guardians play an important role in helping youth make healthy decisions about sex. Research shows that young people are more confident in their decisions when they have a trusted adult to talk to. Teens may or may not want to talk to you about sex, but there are lots of things you can do to make yourself available to them. Be sure to check out our tips on talking with teens about sex and sexual health.
WHY IS THERE A TEEN CLINIC?
Teen Clinic is here to support youth in their efforts to stay healthy and make responsible decisions about sex. Teen Clinic provides exams, testing, resources, and information to those under 20 years of age in a caring, confidential, and friendly environment by medical practitioners who specialize in the care of teens. Many Teen Clinic patients are not necessarily sexually active; they may be seeking information or are there to support a friend.
ARE ADULTS ALLOWED TO COME INTO TEEN CLINIC?
We encourage all teens to discuss their visit and their subsequent decisions with their parent/guardian. In fact, about half of our Teen Clinic patients report that they have told a parent or guardian about coming to Teen Clinic. We even have parents/guardians who accompany their child to the clinic and help them to make a donation for services.
WHY IS THE TEEN CLINIC CONFIDENTIAL?
Unfortunately, not all teens are able to tell their parent or guardian that they are sexually active. Many report that if their privacy is not guaranteed, they may not seek care. Because of this, federal Title X regulations and state statutes assure that all minors have access to confidential family planning services. (Colorado 13-22-103 Minors- Birth Control Services Rendered by Physicians and 13-22-105 Minors’ access to medical, dental and related services). These confidentiality policies for minors are supported by many respected health care organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association.
BUT DON’T I HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT MY CHILD’S HEALTHCARE?
Because of these confidentiality policies, we are not able to discuss your child’s visit with you or release medical records to you without the patient’s consent. We are able to discuss our clinic services and general reproductive health and prevention information with you. We are also happy to support you in keeping the lines of communication about sexuality open with your teen.