California has many laws that protect teen rights to access FREE and confidential birth control and other reproductive health services. Although involving a trusted adult in your health care is best whenever possible, teens don't need their parent’s permission to get birth control, STD testing/treatment or pregnancy are. Eligible teens can sign-up for Medi-Cal and teens without health insurance can sign-up to get care for free through the Family PACT program.
Even though California policies and programs help make it easier and affordable for teens to access important health services like birth control and STD prevention and treatment, sometimes getting the care you need or want can be difficult if it’s hard to find the time or transportation to get to a health center or doctor’s office that you trust to provide confidential and non-judgmental care. Maybe you don’t live close to a health center. Or maybe you don’t have a car or can’t get a ride to the pharmacy. In some parts of California, there are no buses that take you to a clinic in the next town over.
What if you could get the care you need in the comfort of the location of your choice? Would you use technologies to get contraception?
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This blog was reposted from TeenSource.org, a project of Essential Access Health. TeenSource.org is an online hub for comprehensive and teen-friendly information on birth control, STDs, relationships and teen’s rights to accessing sensitive services. The site features youth-developed blogs and videos, a clinic finder, a Condom Access Project and links to TeenSource social media where youth can stay updated on relevant sexual and reproductive health information and news.