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.

Your doctor or health professional is therefore able to provide contraception and sexual health advice and treatment, to you if you are under 16, without you parents knowing, as long as:

  • You understand the advice provided and its implications,
  • Your physical or mental health would otherwise be likely to suffer and so provision of advice or treatment is in your best interest.

This means that when you see your doctor or another health proffesional, they can not tell anyone about what you discuss, it is completely confidential.

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 call the sexual health clinic on 534202.


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