• 33.5% of our youth under the age of 15 are sexually active
  • 46.4% of our youth are not using condoms
  • STI rates on the rise among our youth including HIV
  • 0% of our youth under 18 can access STI services without parental consent

We recognize the important roles that parents play in the lives of adolescents. However, we also believe that confidential access to sexual health services is essential for adolescents who are, or are about to become, sexually active.

Studies have illustrated the many negative effects of requiring parental consent for STI services. Young people will go without needed healthcare to avoid having an uncomfortable conversation with their parents. The only way to know if you have an STI (including HIV) is to get tested, however the difficulty and embarrassment that comes along with getting a parent's permission can prevent youth from doing so. This promotes the spread of STIs and unsafe sexual behaviours which can have severe, life-long repercussions.

Recognizing this reality, many countries explicitly authorize a minor to make decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health care

USA All 50 states and the District of Columbia explicitly allow minors to consent to STI services.

UK Young people under the age of 16 years can consent to medical examination, investigation and treatment if they have sufficient maturity and judgement to enable them fully to understand what is proposed and its implications.

UK Young people do not need parental permission to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) and HIV. Young people of any age can buy condoms from a drugstore, pharmacy, or grocery store.

UKHIV & STI testing of people below the age of 18 may only be done with the explicit permission of a parent or legal guardian.

We do not want to have to live with the complications of untreated STIs, which can include:
  • Cancer: penile, cervical, rectal, throat & mouth
  • Brain damage
  • Blindness
  • Paralysis
  • Dementia
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Heart complications
  • Epididymitis
  • Enhanced transmission of HIV
  • Transmission of infection to newborn
Many people in the early stages of an STI experience no symptoms, screening for STIs is important in preventing complications.
Half of all sexually active young people will have an STI by the time they are 25.
Nearly all sexually active men and women will get an STI at some point in their lives.