It’s your right to get confidential testing and treatment for STIs and HIV. This means you can get tested for sexually transmitted diseases and infections, including HIV, without getting permission from anyone if you are at least 12. You can also get treated and the clinic or doctor can’t tell your parents or guardians.
Have you heard of PrEP?
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV-prevention approach where HIV-negative individuals take anti-HIV medications daily to reduce their risk of becoming infected if they are exposed to the virus. The medicine prevents HIV from establishing an infection within the body. Visit http://prepfacts.org/ or https://www.aids.gov/ for more information and visit http://www.whatisprep.org/ to watch a video about how PrEP functions in the body.
PrEP can be expensive. For this reason, you might want to use private insurance to pay for it, if you have it. If you have health insurance through a parent, you have to act to keep your health care information private. You can send a Confidential Communications Request (CCR) to your health insurance company. Visit Insurance Coverage to learn more about this process. If you have questions, you can visit http://www.myhealthmyinfo.org/ or call the ACLU at 415-621-2488.
How can I pay for STD/STI testing and treatment?
Most private health insurance plans cover STD/STI screening and testing, but they do not have to cover treatment. Check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered. California also has free or low-cost programs that can help you pay for this testing and treatment, if you need it.