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How can I keep from telling my parents about my HIV test?

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Some clinics want your parents' permission before they offer you a test.

Most clinics are confidential. No one else will be told about your test results. You can call before you go to find out its policy on keeping your test confidential.

It's a good idea, though, to talk with an adult you trust about your concerns. A trusted adult can help you sort through your options. The adult can also help you figure out what to do about behavior that puts you at risk.

From: HIV/AIDS and Teens FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

SAMHSA: "Tips for Teens: The Truth About HIV/AIDS."

AIDS Healthcare Foundation: "Learn About It."

National HIV and STD Testing Resources: "Frequently asked Questions."

AVERT: "AIDS, Sex and Teens."

FDA web site.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

SOURCES:

SAMHSA: "Tips for Teens: The Truth About HIV/AIDS."

AIDS Healthcare Foundation: "Learn About It."

National HIV and STD Testing Resources: "Frequently asked Questions."

AVERT: "AIDS, Sex and Teens."

FDA web site.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on December 05, 2017

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