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?
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.