All aspects of health are an important part of your general well-being, whether it's sexual, mental, or physical health. If you're under 18 years old in Pennsylvania, getting the kind of care you need isn't always easy. Sometimes you need a parent or guardian to sign off on certain types of treatments.
But your health can be very personal, and sometimes you may want to get certain kinds of medical services on your own.
Some minors (people under the age of 18) can get all health care services (except abortion) on their own without a parent or guardian's permission. If you have graduated high school, have been married, or have been pregnant, you can get all health care services (except abortion) without a parent or guardian's permission.
Emancipated minors* can also consent to all health services on their own, including abortion.
If you are under 18 in Pennsylvania and do not fit into one of the categories above, this site will tell you about many types of health care you can get without a parent or guardian's permission. You can use this site to find out what your rights are and to empower yourself to make good decisions about your health care.
Once you know what your rights are, visit the Find Help page to find out how you can get the care you need!
*Emancipated minors are people under the age of 18 who are treated like adults under the law. In order to become emancipated, youth must go to court, explain why they want to be emancipated from their parents and show that they living on their own and supporting themselves financially.