Sexual Health

Letter: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/std/docs/letter_minor_consent.pdf

Dear Health Care Provider:
This letter is to inform you of recent changes to Part 23 of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) regarding the right of minors to consent for sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV prevention and treatment services. Section 23.1 of Title 10 NYCRR has been amended to include HIV in the existing list of STDs. Section 23.4 of Title 10 NYCRR now allows health care providers to “…render medical care related to other sexually transmitted diseases without consent or knowledge of the parent or guardian.

Provider letter and an updated Frequently Asked Questions document related to changes in Article 23 NYCRR.  These changes focus on a minor's consent for sexual health preventive services.  Specifically, minors can now get HIV treatment, HIV prevention (i.e., PEP & PrEP), and HPV vaccination, without parental consent.  While the Department encourages parents/guardians and minors to talk about sexual health including prevention, testing and treatment of STD/HIV and unplanned pregnancy, we recognize that this may not be feasible. December 19, 2017

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