Teens & Confidentiality
Maine law says that you have the right to expect confidentiality when you get services for:
- Birth Control, including Emergency Contraception
- STD Testing and Treatment
- Pregnancy Testing and Prenatal Care
- Abortion Services
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
What does confidentiality really mean?
There are also situations where confidentiality may not be possible. If a health care provider suspects child abuse or neglect, including sexual abuse or if you say you’re going to hurt yourself or someone else, then all health care providers are required to report the situation.
Even though you have a right to confidentiality at family planning, talking to someone you know and trust about what you are going through can help. If you aren’t ready to talk to your parents, find another trusted adult or friend.
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