Some of your patients, especially those under 18, may have concerns about whether or not they can consent to chlamydia and gonorrhea testing without a parent’s permission. Currently, all states allow minors to consent to their own sexually transmitted infection (STI) services, except in limited or unusual circumstances. However, the details of individual state policies may differ. See the table below for more information.[1,2]
Minors’ Consent to STI Services
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Special populations–2010 STD treatment guidelines. http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010/specialpops.htm. Accessed February 27, 2015.
2. Guttmacher Institute. State policies in brief: minors’ access to STI services. http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/spibs/spib_MASS.pdf. Accessed March 2, 2015.