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How private can STD testing centers be regarding patient information?

Asked by on September 29, 2013

I’m under 18, so I would prefer it if my parents did NOT find out that I want to get tested for an STD or STI.

Up to how much can tests cost? Do they really need insurance information? I know I’m a minor and we can only do so much, but I want to keep this as private as possible.

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julieisbest

June 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

You might be able to find a free clinic locally or a Planned Parenthood that will do low-cost testing. Run a search for "subsidized STD testing [your county here]" or "low-cost STD testing [your county here]" or try "free clinic [your county here]". You might have to wait for a while (free and low cost clinics are often crowded).

If you cannot find a free or low cost clinic, please just bite the bullet and tell your parents you want to be tested. It is expensive to run lab tests at your doctor's office, you are better off running it through your insurance. As the policy holders your parents will get at the very least an Explanation of Benefits in the mail for the appointment.

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