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||unexplained weight gain
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When can youth under
18 consent to treatment?
In most situations, a parent must consent
to any medical treatment for a child, from routine medical care to more
serious treatment or emergency care. Under some circumstances, however,
a minor may consent to his or her own treatment without consent of the
parent. In these special circumstances, the individuals right to privacy
outweighs the parents right to make decisions on behalf of the child.
Parental consent is not needed for a minor to obtain:
- Treatment for venereal disease or sexual assault
- Treatment for HIV/AIDS if the minor is at least
13 years old and thinks s/he may be infected
- Contraceptives or abortion
- Pregnancy services or prenatal care
- Treatment for drug or alcohol abuse
In some circumstances, even though parental consent
is not needed, the doctor may notify the parent that treatment has been
- State law requires a minors parents to be notified
if the minor seeks treatment for sexual assault, unless the doctor
believes it is in the best interests of the minor not to do so.
- Parental notification is not required for other
treatment to which the minor may consent, such as pregnancy-related
treatment, abortion or contraceptives.
- If a doctor or other medical personnel believe
that it is necessary; however, they may notify the parent of a minors
treatment without the consent of the minor, even over the objections
of the minor.
Treatment for drug or alcohol dependency creates
some special circumstances:
- A minor may consent to treatment for alcohol abuse
that is provided not only by a doctor but also by a licensed or certified
alcohol abuse counselor.
- Treatment for drug and alcohol abuse is considered
confidential, and neither the minor nor his doctor, treatment provider
or facility shall be required to report such treatment.
- Although a minor may consent to drug or alcohol
treatment, treatment programs are not required to admit minors and
may set their own admission criteria, which may include parental notification
3 important sexuality education resources from
The Center for Family Life Education:
- Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter, which has received
favorable reviews in the American Journal of Sexuality Education,
Contemporary Sexuality, Educational Gerontology, and by numerous other
leaders in sexuality education. See full details about the book, including
table of contents and ordering information, at http://www.sexuallysmarter.com.
Or, download a sample lesson at http://bit.ly/SexAndAging.
- Have us provide a sex ed workshop or keynote address
in your community. Recent popular keynote speeches include Using Humor
in Sex Ed, Sexuality Education and Technology, and Making Sense of
Popular workshops include Unequal Partners, Streetwise to Sex-Wise,
and Sex Ed Game Strategies. Fees are reasonable. Contact The.CFLE@ppgnnj.org.
- Get the flyer for all our sex ed resources