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HPV test without parents knowing
Posted on: 03/23/2007
I am 17 years old and sexually active. I am concerned I may have come in contact with the HPV virus. Is there anyway I can be checked by a doctor for HPV without my parents finding out?
At age 17 and being sexually active you should see a doctor for a pelvic exam and a PAP smear. The PAP smear will show any changes caused by HPV and the doctor can decide if additional testing is needed. You could discuss with your parents that you are now at an age where it is important to start having PAP smears without mentioning that you are sexually active.
Note from Nancy Brown, PhD:
You can see a clinician at a Planned Parenthood near you for confidential care - they have teen clinics that are free.