Adolescents in the US have reported that a significant barrier to seeking sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV services is concern that a guardian will find out.1 To address this barrier, states have enacted statutes granting minors legal capacity to consent to STI/HIV services without their guardians’ involvement. Although reviews of STI/HIV minor consent laws exist,2-4 many are dated, have unclear methodology, provide conflicting information, or lack details needed to serve adolescents, researchers, and clinicians. We examined current minor consent laws for STI/HIV services and related confidentiality protections in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Nelson KM, Skinner A, Underhill K. Minor Consent Laws for Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV Services. JAMA. 2022;328(7):674–676. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.10777
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