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HIV/AIDS and STDs Education in North Carolina

  • North Carolina state law requires sexuality education. Local school boards decide which subjects this education must cover and the grade level in which topics are introduced.
  • North Carolina state law requires STDs and HIV/AIDS education.
  • Abstinence must be covered and stressed as the only completely effective protection against unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV/AIDS when transmitted sexually.
  • Teaching about contraceptives, such as condoms, the Pill, or the Patch, is not required.
  • You do not need your parents’ permission to participate in sexuality education or HIV/AIDS education classes.

Getting Tested

  • You don’t need permission from your parent or guardian to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV in your state.
  • Your state offers only confidential HIV testing, not anonymous testing. This means that if you get tested for HIV, your results will be confidentially reported to the health department using your name.
  • To find an HIV testing site in your area, call the Centers for Disease Control's 24-hour National AIDS Hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)

Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, and Childbirth in North Carolina

Any minor may consent to all health care services related to pregnancy, including pregnancy tests, options counseling, and labor and delivery services, without notifying a parent (unless she chooses to do so). This does not apply to abortion and sterilization procedures. It is very important to understand that this right to consent to medical care does not guarantee your confidentiality. It is left at the discretion of the provider or doctor. There is no explicit policy on whether a minor may consent to medical care for their children.

For general advice...

  • Teen Help at 1-800-840-5704

If you have general questions about your health: