Can I get tested for HIV and STIs in Rhode Island without a parent or guardian’s permission?

Yes. Rhode Island has laws that allow adolescents to get tested for HIV and STIs without permission from a parent or guardian. Your parents will not be notified that you have been tested or the results of the test by your doctor.

However, if you are getting tested and use health insurance to pay for it that is under your parent’s name, the insurance company may send a notice to your home describing the tests and procedures that were done. When getting tested using health insurance, be sure to talk to your provider about any concerns you may have about privacy and confidentiality.

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