During visits with adolescents, the physician will have confidential conversations with the adolescent. The topics include health habits, sexuality, sexual activity, contraception, pregnancy, mental and emotional health, alcohol and drug use, and relationships with family and friends.
Consistent with American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and Connecticut state law, these conversations and treatment plans will be kept confidential at the adolescent’s request, unless the information provided presents a serious or life-threatening emergency. We always will encourage open communication between the adolescent and adult caregivers.
Tests and screenings for sexually transmitted diseases may be done based on screening questions or symptoms.
Screening for drugs of abuse will be done only with the knowledge of the adolescent.
Adolescents may complete confidential mental health screening questionnaires.
At age 18 years and beyond, all care with the patient is confidential. Of course, the involvement of family members, particularly regarding serious health needs, is advisable.
We are happy to help older adolescents transfer their care to adult providers – our goal is a lifetime of healthy living!