Colorado law requires that the Teen Clinic keep all patients’ health information private and confidential, regardless of age. You don’t need a parent or guardian’s permission to get tested for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) or start a birth control method. Any care you receive at Teen Clinic cannot be shared with anyone. The only time the staff must break confidentiality is if a patient under 18 reports an incident of sexual assault or abuse.
If you’re thinking about becoming sexually active or already are, prevention against sexually-transmitted infections and unexpected pregnancy is important. Choose a birth control and prevention method that fits with your day-to-day habits and activities.
When deciding what birth control method is best for you, ask yourself:
When you’ve answered these questions for yourself, consult with the staff to see if abstinence, prophylactics, the pill, injections, IUDs, or another option is right for you. Ask an anonymous question online, or call or use the online tool to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method.
Teen Clinic offers a variety of services, including testing for sexually-transmitted infections, or STIs. HIV testing is offered twice a month on a first come, first served basis. It’s important to get tested because most STIs show little or even no symptoms at all.
You need to make an appointment for most services including:
You’ll also need an appointment if you’re experiencing signs of a genital infection or need a pregnancy test.
Emergency contraception, birth control prescription refills, condoms, and dental dams are available on a walk-in basis.
If you have insurance and feel comfortable, you can use it at your visit! Insurance is NOT REQUIRED. In most cases, you can receive services on a free or donation basis. Confidentiality Notice for 18 and 19 year olds using a parent or guardian’s insurance: The Colorado Division of Insurance provides some confidentiality protection for young adults (ages 18-25) covered under their parent/guardian’s insurance. Insurance companies will send the Explanation of Benefits (which summarizes services received) to the patient directly, rather than to the parents or guardians. If you are insured under someone else’s policy and are concerned about confidentiality, you can contact your insurance company and have them send the Explanation of Benefits to another address.