I’m under 18. Does my mom have to stay with me during a doctor’s exam? I want to ask my doctor about sex, but don’t know if I can ask my mom to leave. Also, if I ask her to leave, she’s gonna be super weird wondering why.

Updated 31 August 2021 under Ask Us.

Thanks for your question. In the United States it’s recommended that all teens have confidential, one-on-one time with their health care provider. During this time, you can talk about things […]

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I had sex for the first time recently and I think I’ve got an STI. Besides my regular doctor or hospital, who else could I go see? A friend said the county health unit. Could I go without one of my parents? I’m not ready to confess to them yet.

Updated 6 January 2021 under Ask Us.

Thanks for your question. Some people find it easier to go see a different health care provider to deal with concerns related to sex, such as a sexually transmitted infection […]

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