We’re committed to making everyone feel welcome, especially young adults! You can trust that when you come to one of our centers you will be treated with respect. We will take your health concerns seriously and keep your information private.
What type of health care can I get at CHN?
There are many services at CHN just for young adults. It’s your right to get private sexual health care — without your parents’ permission and at a low cost to you.
If you need other health care services, like general checkup or a physical for sports, you will need your parent or guardian’s permission if you are under the age of 18.
Teens can get these services:
- STI (sexually transmitted infection) counseling, testing and treatment
- Plan B (emergency contraception)
- HIV counseling and testing
- Birth control
- Male exams
- Female exams including Pap test (for patients over 21), pelvic exam, and breast exam
- Pregnancy testing and options counseling
- Care during (prenatal care) and after pregnancy
We understand what concerns you may have when it comes to your health. Come see us if:
- You started having sex (oral, vaginal, or anal)
- You or your sex partner have any itching, burning, discharge, rashes, or any other changes ”down there”
- You have a new sex partner, even if you’ve been tested for any STIs (including HIV) in the past
- You have had unprotected sex (including if your condom broke or you forgot to take/use birth control)
- If you have any questions about sexual and reproductive health at all
It is important to get tested for STIs even if you feel fine, don’t have any signs of infection, or your partner says he/she was tested.
We know this stuff is confusing! If you have any questions at all at any time, you can ask a health educator at [email protected]. We’ll get back to you with answers and more information.
Privacy and Cost
- If you have your Medicaid card, bring it in for your visit and tell our staff that you don’t want your parents to know about your visits.
- If you don’t have Medicaid, we may be able to sign you up for the Family Planning Benefit Program (FPBP). FPBP is a free health insurance plan for New Yorkers who need sexual health services. Even if you are not able to sign up for FPBP, we may still be able to see you at no cost.
When you come for an appointment, we have staff ready to help you and to make it easy.
How do I make an appointment?
Find a health center near you by texting CENTER to 877877 or by looking here. We will call you before your appointment to make sure that you are coming (and to remind you). You can ask that we use a code name when we call in case you are worried about privacy.
There are some important things to bring to your appointment. If you don’t have them all, bring what you can. You should bring:
- A Photo ID. Bring 1 official picture ID card, like a driver’s license, passport or work ID.
- Proof of address. Bring 1 phone bill, cable bill, or utility bill.
- Proof of income. Bring 1 pay stub, bank record, or a letter from your employer. We may use this to help you get health insurance and figure out a payment plan that works for you.
- Your medicines or a list of your medicines. Bring all of your medicines in their original bottles. Also bring any vitamins, herbs, supplements, or other over the counter medicines you take. If you can’t bring in your medicines, bring in a list of medicines you take.
- Past health records. Bring any papers about your health, like shot/vaccine records, hospital papers, lab tests, or information about past surgery or treatments.
Here’s some other cool resources to check out:
- Learn about our Teens PACT Program
- Become a fan of our Teens PACT program on Facebook!
- Learn something from our More than Just Sex PSA’s – made for young adults by young adults: Watch, share and subscribe to our youtube channel
- Attend our Youth Conference: Come to our annual all-day, city-wide youth conference, “More Than Just Sex,” created by youth for youth. Check back here for more details in the spring! For details on last year’s conference, click here.
- Become a Peer Leader: Peer leaders are trained in the summer and work throughout the school year. Registration has closed for 2016, but check back for 2017’s applications Spring 2017!
Are you a professional who works with young adults? Learn more about our quality workshops.