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Can a doctor legally deny you birth control unless you take an STD test?

Asked by on November 8, 2013

My doctor told me that unless I schedule an STD test in two months, I can no longer get birth control. I think this is a crock of crap as it is my decision whether or not I get my own body examined. Is this legal? Should I go somewhere else to get my birth control? What would you do?

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November 9, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I am not sure which country you are in, so I will answer this from a US perspective. A doctor can refuse to write a prescription for a non-compliant patient. He may be requiring an STD test to inform his care regimen, and can ethically and legally refuse to provide a treatment if you refuse to provide the information he needs to feel comfortable with his treatment plan. What would I do? Personally, I would get tested. Not because he told me too, but because if you have a risk, getting tested is the most logical thing to do. If you are infected with something, you need to treat it or you may be at risk for severe complications. You might consider having an honest conversation with him about testing and why you prefer not to test. Allow him to explain why he is recommending testing. If you absolutely refuse testing, then you should seek another doctor.

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