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Teen FAQs


Does Indiana Family Health Council provide services to teenagers?

Yes. People 17 and younger are eligible to receive all of our services as permitted by state and federal law. Costs are determined by the teenager’s income unless a parent or guardian is present.

Can teens receive care without their parents present?
Minors are always encouraged, but not required, to bring a parent or guardian when receiving care. Indiana Family Health Council encourages teens to speak openly with their parent/guardian about any activities that could potentially affect their health, including their sexual activities and healthcare choices.
Are parents told about services to teens?
All services and information shared during a visit are confidential and not shared with anyone, including a minor’s parent/guardian. However, the Indiana Family Health Council always encourages minors to talk to their parent/guardians about their healthcare choices and any activities that could affect their health.
Is everything I share at a visit confidential?
Everything you share during your visit is private and confidential. The only exceptions are cases involving incest, abuse or rape of minors, which by law must be reported to the proper authorities. Positive test results for certain sexually transmitted infections must be reported to the state health department.
What Should I Do if I Think I’m Pregnant?
The first step is to come in to a Indiana Family Health Council funded clinic closest to you for a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, clinic staff will help you find out if you are eligible for assistance programs and get you enrolled. Options counseling also is available. If you are not pregnant don’t want to start a family just yet, our staff can provide information on contraceptives.
Where can I find more information about sexual health for teens?

We’re glad you want to learn more. In addition to speaking to one of our staff members at our clinics, you can find more information targeted to teens on our resource page.

Did you Know?

  • Abstinence (not having sex) is the only method of birth control that is 100 percent effective.
  • More than 750,000 teens become pregnant each year.
  • Babies of young teen mothers are more likely to be born with serious health problems.
  • A girl can get pregnant even if she is on her period.
  • A girl can get pregnant even if a boy doesn’t ejaculate or “cum” inside her.
  • A girl can get pregnant the first time she has sex.
  • An estimated four in 10 sexually active adolescent females between the ages of 14 and 19 have an STD
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may cause some extreme pain.
  • Some STDs can be easily cured with antibiotics when caught early; others have no known cure but are treatable.
  • Left untreated, some STDs can lead to infertility, pregnancy complications, organ damage, and even death.
  • Teenagers can be treated for sexually transmitted infections without their parents’ permission.
  • In 2006–2010, 86% of females aged 15–19 and 93% of their male counterparts reported having used contraceptives the last time they had sex.
  • Teenagers can get birth control without parent consent in Indiana.

News Releases

Title X Request for Applications in Madison County, Indiana

The Indiana Family Health Council (IFHC) is seeking applications from public and private non-profit organizations with the ability and capacity to provide Title X funded family planning services in Madison County, Indiana Title X assists individuals and couples in...

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IFHC releases 2018 Family Planning Report

The Indiana Family Health Council (IFHC) is pleased to announce the release of their 2018 Family Planning Report. The report highlights key areas regarding family planning and reproductive health in the state of Indiana. As you will see from the report, we have made...

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Teens need access to quality pregnancy prevention education

ACCESS TO TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION AIDS TEENAGE PREGNANCY RATES Indianapolis, IN — More than two decades of investments in prevention programs and services have led to significant declines in unplanned pregnancies and birth rates among teens in Indiana. Between 1991...

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Indianapolis, IN 4604

Phone: 317-247-9151

Fax: 317-247-9159

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