STD Tests For Minors
Getting tested is the only sure way to know your status. Minors have a difficult time getting tested because of the embarrassment and the fact that they have to get permission from parents. This makes it hard for them to get tested. This can promote the spread of STDs among teenagers. This is why we do our best to provide STD tests for 16 and 17 year olds with accurate and safe STD tests that do not require permission from parents.
Our tests are of the best quality and test for common sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV-1 and HIV-2, gonorrhea and chlamydia, syphilis, herpes simplex 1 and simplex 2, and hepatitis A, B, and C. You can either take an individual test or take the Comprehensive Test package, that tests for the mentioned 10 common STDs. Our tests are available in over 4500 testing centers that are certified by the CLIA and overseen by a qualified medical practitioner.
Why Do Minors Need STD Testing Without Permission From Parents?
It is evident that teenagers might go without treatment because they do not want to get involved in uncomfortable conversations. The Guttmacher institute has been providing information about the effects of requiring parental consent when it comes STD testing. Most minors will not get the treatment they should get because they avoid this topic with parents. This is why we provide these tests to make sure that the minors can get tested and treated if they test positive.
Does HIPAA Apply to STD tests for Minors?
Yes it does. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) states that everyone has the right to control the access to their personal medical information. According to the Guttmacher Institute, “When the minor has the right to consent to health care and has consented, such as when a minor has consented to treatment of an STD under a state minor consent law.” Since we adhere to HIPAA rules, your medical health information is safe with us.
Is this legal?
Yes, it is. Though some states have specific age limits, usually between 12 and 14, all 50 states allow minors to get tested for STDs. 18 states have given rights to physicians to report minors when they attempt to get tested there is no state that requires the minor’s parents to be informed. It is only in Iowa that a parent should be informed in case of a HIV positive result. Here is Guttamacher Institute’s STD testing laws for minors by states Minors’ Access to STI Services.