Why do I need to tell my provider if I’m having sex?

Your provider needs to know that you are having sex or plan to have sex to help you make safe and healthy decisions that are best for you.

If you don’t have reliable information about condoms and other forms of birth control, you could get pregnant or sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. Also, if you have any infection, it’s important for you and your partner to know so that treatment can occur.

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1. Can I get the pill (or other types of birth control) on my own?
2. What if I don’t live with my parents and I am in foster care?
3. Will my provider tell my parents if I’m gay, lesbian, or bisexual?
4. Can I get tested for an STI without my parents knowing?
5. Why do I need to tell my provider if I’m having sex?
6. Will my healthcare provider tell my parents what we talked about?
7. What can I talk about with my healthcare provider?
8. I'm teen, can I come without a parent or guardian?
9. I need buying food and paying bills. Who do I call?
10. Can I get help with my medical condition?