California lawmakers understood that talking to your parents, guardians, or partner about sensitive issues like birth control and STD testing can be tough.  That's why, in order to encourage you to seek the care you need, laws have been put in place to make sure you have access to confidential medical services related to:  

  • Birth Control, including Emergency Contraception
  • Testing and Treatment for STDs (ages 12 and over)
  • Pregnancy Testing and Prenatal Care
  • Abortion Services 
  • Mental Health Services  

What does confidentiality really mean?

It means you can access all of these services without anyone else finding out. Your doctor is required by law to ask for your consent before releasing any of your information. But if you use your parent's or husband's health insurance to pay for the test, you may not be able to keep the information private - talk to your doctor or insurance company about their privacy policy. You can also get treated and the clinic or doctor can't tell your parents or guardians. 

And remember...

Even though you have a right to confidentiality, talking to someone you know and trust about what you are going through can help.  If you aren't ready to talk to your parents, find another trusted adult or friend.