Teen health services

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All our Kaiser Permanente medical centers have doctors, nurses, or mental health professionals who see teen patients. Some facilities have clinics just for teens.

You can make your own appointment for confidential services and come in to see a doctor or other medical or mental health professional at Kaiser Permanente medical offices.

In most cases, you'll need a parent's permission to get medical care. However, depending on the laws in the state where you live, you can see a doctor or other medical professional without parental permission for some confidential services. These may include:

  • pregnancy testing and pregnancy care
  • birth control
  • sexually transmitted infection (STI) immunizations
  • sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, for you and your partner
  • alcohol or other drug use
  • some personal, school, family, or mental health issues

If you're seen for a confidential service, in most cases your doctor can't tell your parents anything about your exam. You can talk to your doctor or other medical professional about anything.

For example, you might:

  • Have questions about your health.
  • Wonder about your growth, body size, or weight.
  • Have questions about having sex.
  • Have questions about using tobacco, alcohol, or drugs.
  • Have problems with friends, school, or family.
  • Be scared for your safety.

You can trust your doctor or other medical professional. You may even find it easier to to talk to your doctor than your parent. If they can't help you, they'll try to find someone who can.

Getting care

  • Once you're 13, you can register for your own kp.org account to use some of our online services.* (If you have an issue you'd like to keep totally private, call the doctor's office instead of emailing if this online service is available in your region.)
  • You can get information and support for personal health, school, or family issues in our pediatrics departments and teen clinics. Find services near you.
  • Talk to an advice nurse by calling the advice telephone number listed in our location finder. The nurse can help you schedule an appointment with a doctor or other medical professional if you need one.

Looking for more health information?

There are lots of places to get the information you need. Start with one of these.

Health education departments
There's a health education department at most Kaiser Permanente medical offices. Pick up free pamphlets, check out books or DVDs, or look up health information. Many health education departments also offer classes, and teens are welcome. Find classes near you

A trusted friend
A parent or other trusted adult is still your best source of information. Many teens talk with their parents, but others feel more comfortable talking with another adult — a relative, friend, teacher, or doctor. A trusted adult can help you sort out your feelings and make a plan.

Phone numbers
National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4 A CHILD (1-800-422-4453) (toll free)

National Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Resource Center
1-800-227-8922 (toll free)

National Alcohol/Drugs Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357) (toll free)

Emergency Contraception Hotline
1-888-NOT2LATE (1-888-668-2528) (toll free)

Health encyclopedia
Search for conditions and diseases in our health encyclopedia, or check out our symptom checker.

Source:  The Permanente Medical Group, Inc.

*Teen access to online services varies by region.

Reviewed by: Mark Groshek, MD, April 2016
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

© 2016 Kaiser Permanente

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