Know Your Rights:
Confidentiality means privacy. It means that when you,
as a young person from 12 to 17 years old, talk with
your health care provider about certain issues like
sex, drugs, and feelings, he or she will not tell your
parents or guardians what you talk about unless you
give your permission.
Will my doctor or nurse tell my parents?
According to the laws of the State of California, your
doctor or nurse cannot tell your parents or guardians
anything about your exam if you’re seen for any co3-
3nfidential services. These include care for problems
or concerns in the areas of sexuality, mental health
and substance abuse. You, as a young person, can
consent for care on your own in these areas. You need
your parent or guardian’s consent for other health
services such as physicals and care for colds, flu,
What should I talk to the doctor or nurse about?
You can talk to your doctor or nurse about ANYTHING!
Fill your doctor or nurse in if you…
• think you might be pregnant.
• need birth control.
• think you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
• need information about alcohol, tobacco, or other
• want to talk about personal, school, family issues,
or feelings about sex and sexuality.
Some things cannot remain confidential. Your health
care provider will need to contact someone else to
help if you say…
• you are being abused, physically and/or sexually.
• you are going to hurt yourself or someone else.
• you are under 16 and having sex with someone 21
years or older.
• you are under 14 and having sex with someone 14
years or older.
Even though you don’t have to ask your parents, it’s a
good idea to talk with them or another adult you trust
about the medical care you need. We want you to be