If you are 17 or younger, you have the right to get sexual health services on your own in New York State.

You have the right to:

  • Confidential medical care - you don’t have to ask for permission or tell anyone about your care.

  • Get complete information, in words you can understand, about your medical care.

  • Get private medical care for problems related to sexual activity including pregnancy, pregnancy prevention, abortion, and emergency contraception.

  • Get testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including prescription treatment for you and your partner.

  • Consent or refuse HIV testing.

  • Meet with a professional to get counseling.

  • Learn the costs of medical care, and if you are eligible for care that costs less or is free.