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You Asked It: Private Parts, Private Tests

Where can I go to get tested for STDs where my parents won’t find out?

Great question! Sexually transmitted diseases (also known as sexually transmitted infections, or STIs) are no fun, and it’s great that you’re taking charge of your sexual health and getting tested. The good news is that many of them are easily treatable. In New York State, you have the legal right to get confidential STI testing and treatment. That means you can get testing and treatment without telling your parents or anyone else.

However, if you use your parent’s insurance, the testing might show up on the billing statement they get from the insurance company. That’s why it’s very important that you ask about confidentiality when you make your appointment, at the doctor’s office when you sign in, and again during your appointment. At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we will never tell your parents about any of the services you receive without your permission.

ABOUT YOU ASKED IT

You’ve got questions.  We’ve got answers. At the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, we answer a lot of questions. Topics range from nutrition to pregnancy prevention, and everything in between. Now, we’re bringing these questions back to you with our weekly advice column, You Asked It. Got a question? Holler at us in the comments, send us a message on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or email us at teenhealthcareorg@gmail.com.

This column is not intended to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual, only general information for education purposes only.

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