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.