When you visit the doctor or health professionals, such as sexual health nurses they all have a duty of care to you and must respect your confidentiality as a patient regardless of your age. This means that they are not allowed and must never tell anyone else what you have discussed or anything about you.

So, even  if you are under 16, they can give you contraception, sexual health advice and treatment  without your parents knowing, as long as:

  • You understand the advice they give and the outcome of that advice,
  • Your physical or mental health would otherwise be likely to suffer and so offering advice or treatment is in your best interest.

In exceptional circumstances, like when a doctor or health worker thinks you might be in serious danger, they might feel there is a need to pass information on but, even if they do, they must talk to you first before they tell anyone else. This applies to everyone, no matter what age you are.

Some people don’t want to go to their own doctor because they feel embarrassed or because they have known them for a long time or they are a family friend but, don’t worry, there are lots of other places you can go. If you are worried you can visit one of our Under 25s drop in clinics  or speak to the sexual health clinic on 534202.


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