STD testing for minors
We make the STD testing for minors process discreet, safe, and confidential. Sometimes, the humiliation and fear that comes from asking a parent’s permission to get STD testing can be all that it takes for an STD to go undiagnosed and untreated.
STD testing for minors can be an extremely embarrassing.
Why do minors avoid STD testing?
Studies have shown that high school students rather go without necessary healthcare to avoid having an difficult conversation with their parents. Furthermore, the threat of social stigma by their peers can be a deciding factor. Combined with a lack of knowledge about STDs, an infected minor can go on to spread the STD unknowingly and can possibly be affected by severe health complications later in life.
Can STD testing for minors be perform without parental consent?
Private STD Check offers STD testing to minors as to allow them access to discreet, safe, and confidential STD testing without parental consent. We offer comprehensive testing for all common STDs, including HIV-1 and 2, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, Herpes 1 and 2, and Hepatitis B and C.
Is it legal for minors to get STD testing?
While some states have a specific age of consent (which is usually between 12 and 14 years old), minors are allowed to test for STDs in all 50 states in the U.S. No state requires that parents are to be notified about the testing. The only exception is Iowa, and only in the event of a positive HIV result. For a state-by-state breakdown of the laws affecting minors who are seeking STD testing, please read Minors’ Access to STI Services (PDF Report) for more info.
How can I get tested for STDs?
Private STD Screen offers discreet and quick STD testing. We use the Comprehensive Panel Test, which is an all-in-one test that looks for all common STDs, including HIV. If you feel that you have been recently exposed to HIV and want quick results, we recommend that you take the Comprehensive Panel Test that includes testing for HIV. For more info on our packages and what they have to offer, please see our comprehensive testing panel options.
Getting a test through us is easy – all you need to do is pick a testing center, buy the Comprehensive Panel Test you wish to take, and show up to your testing center with the confirmation given to you at checkout. You can even go the same day you bought your test. The testing process is an in-and-out procedure – by using Private STD Screen, there is no paperwork or waiting involved. The test itself takes only five minutes and results are available within 1-2 business days.
As a minor, you should not be scared or embarrassed of getting tested for STDs. If anything, it is a brave and informed choice that gives you control of your sexual health and can prevent the possibility of any future health complications.
Don’t Wait for Symptoms – Get Tested Now
You should get an STD test even if you are not showing any symptoms. Many avoid getting tested because they are not exhibiting any symptoms or because their symptom overlap with/are mistaken for other existing illnesses. This can lead to spreading the STD, and if left untreated, can result in severe health risks or even death. A untreated STD can never just go away on their own – only with proper treatment. If you are unsure as to whether your symptoms are the result of an STD, please visit Symptoms for more information.
Why You Should Get Tested
Sexually transmitted diseases are one of the most overwhelming yet under-recognized health problems in the United States. Even though it is recommended to get tested every three months when you’re sexually active, the stigma surrounding STD testing makes it a sensitive subject instead of a common check-up.
Per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year and approximately 25% of Americans have some form of an incurable STD. To make matters worse, most STDs won’t display symptoms at first or will even display symptoms that can be mistaken for another illness, such as a yeast infection or the flu. Instead, those that are infected will remain completely unaware of their status, leading to them spreading the infection to others and not getting treatment until it is too late.
It’s no wonder that for Herpes alone, 85% of people who are infected don’t even know they have it. Chlamydia, one of the most common and curable STDs, will often not display symptoms until it is too late. As a result, 1 in 5 infected women will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), resulting in reproductive issues and even infertility. Despite being the deadliest STD of all, 1 in 7 people who are infected with HIV do not realize that they are infected – their initial symptoms are usually shrugged off as the flu. Only until it is too late, when HIV turns into AIDS, do they realize that they are infected.
Long story short, not getting tested for STDs can be extremely dangerous as some STDs can have some life-threatening symptoms if they go untreated. STDs are usually stereotyped as a big joke – a mere annoyance, like an itch or burning sensation that just won’t go away. The truth is that untreated STDs can ruin more than just your physical health – it can ruin all of your life’s plans. Everything in your life can become tainted by an STD – having children, your relationships, even your life expectancy. The best cure is prevention, and the best way to prevent STDs is to get regularly checked.
At Private STD Screen, we believe in making STD testing readily accessible, striving for the utmost discretion, and delivering quick results. Our convenient checkout process makes buying a test a breeze. Just buy your test, go to a testing location near you, give your sample, and receive your results within a few days through our secure portal. No confusing paperwork, no long waits, and very discreet. Know your status today!