Teen Clinic

Teen Clinic 2017-07-12T13:46:40+00:00

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We’re here…

to answer your questions, give you options, and make sure that you are comfortable with your choices about sexual health.  Just walk in on Mondays 3-6 pm for free and confidential services year round (donations and insurance are always gladly accepted!)

FYI:  We are closed on the following Mondays:  President’s Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.

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All services at Teen Clinic are free and confidential.  (Donations are always appreciated, and help us to be here for you! We can also submit to any insurance plan you are comfortable with- insurance payments help us be here for you too!)   At Teen Clinic, we will listen to you with respect. We will work with you and your strengths to make sure you are getting great care. You are unique–that’s why it’s your Teen Clinic!

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Staying healthy is important!  If you’re thinking about becoming sexually active, or if you already are, your Teen Clinic can help you to make informed decisions about protecting yourself against sexually transmitted infections and using condoms and birth control.

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Going to a clinic for the first time can be exciting and scary all at once!  Our friendly and professional staff wants you to be comfortable and feel at home.

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Teen Clinic is for teens through age 19, guys and girls. Whether your partner needs their own visit or comes along to support you, we want them to feel welcome.  No appointments necessary!  Mondays 3-6:30pm.

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FREE and CONFIDENTIAL!  What can you get?……..

birth control, emergency contraceptive, condoms, infections, pregnancy tests, pregnancy options counseling, STD testing and treatment, rapid HIV testing, annual exams for men and women, depression help, and sexual education counseling.

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Teen Clinic offers free, unbiased decision counseling to help you learn more about your options.  You’re welcome to bring your support person with you.  We’re also able to meet with your family or partner if you need help having this discussion.  Whether you decide to pursue parenting, consider adoption, or end your pregnancy, Teen Clinic will give you a safe place to connect with the next step.

YOU ASKED, WE ANSWERED!

Great question!  Yes.  In Montana, the law says that minors have the right to access sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents.  That means they can start a birth control method or get tested for STIs without their parents being involved.  In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else) without the patient’s permission.

That being said, it’s totally understandable if your parents are worried about you. That’s their job!  Be sure to talk to them about your healthcare and choices when you are ready.  Also, if we know you are being sexually abused by someone who is responsible for you (a parent, guardian, or other adult) we are responsible for helping you.

First, if you are experiencing pain, bleeding, itching, or discharge, make an appointment to see a medical provider soon or walk into Teen Clinic on Mondays 3:00-6:30pm.

In general, sexually transmitted infections are just that—sexually transmitted!  However, there are a few infections considered STIs that can spread non-sexually.  For instance, pubic lice (also known as Crabs) can be spread through wet towels, loofahs, bedsheets, and wet clothing.  Pubic lice can live outside the body for up to 24 hours in locations that are warm, dark, and moist. Additionally, according to the Center for Disease Control, 4% of all cases of Trichomononiasis are transmitted through hot tubs and wet towels.

Bloodborne STIs—like HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis B & C—can also be spread non-sexually.  This most often occurs during IV drug use.  Again, it’s important to realize these infections would not be considered STIs in this scenario, since they were not spread sexually. (However, if you received them non-sexually, you could still transmit them to others through sexual activity.)

Last, it’s important to be specific about what we mean by “sex.” If you are engaging in genital to genital contact—even if you are not engaging in penetrative, oral, anal, or vaginal sex — you are at risk for some STIs. In particular, HPV, Herpes, Syphilis (when a sore is present), and pubic lice can all spread through skin to skin contact.

Teen Clinic is here for you! We know it can be scary to learn you’re pregnant.  The first step is to connect with someone you trust who will support you.  Teen Clinic offers free, unbiased decision counseling to help you learn more about your options.  You’re welcome to bring your support person with you.  We’re also able to meet with your family or partner if you need help having this discussion.

Whether you decide to pursue parenting, consider adoption, or end your pregnancy, Teen Clinic will give you a safe place to discuss your next steps.

Great question! Unfortunately, STIs will not show up (on either a test or symptomatically) until at least 2-3 weeks after sexual interaction with an infected person.  Teen Clinic always recommends using condoms to help reduce your risk of contracting an STI.

Bridgercare is here for you.  We offer services to all people regardless of their age, race, language, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex or gender. Birth control and STI-related services are available on a sliding scale. How much you pay depends on your income and household size.

Thanks for asking!  First, there is no age limit for purchasing a pregnancy test.  If there is a pharmacy or grocery store within walking distance, you can buy a pregnancy test over the counter without any trouble.  Prices vary from $1-$20.  Some teens are most comfortable visiting a store with self-checkout.

At Bridgercare, we offer FREE pregnancy testing appointments with counseling available on ALL options (pre-natal care, adoption, and abortion) during Teen clinic and at any other time.

Teen Clinic is also easily accessible by bus! Check out Streamline’s website to see which bus you’d need to hop on.  (The closest stop to Bridgercare is the Blue Line:  Willson & Lamme Stop.)

Last, consider talking to another trusted adult in your life. Do you have a mentor, sibling, teacher, or friend of the family you can turn to?  It’s important to feel supported as you make these big choices, and another adult may be able to help you get to Teen Clinic.  If your pregnancy test is negative and you still plan on being sexually active, it’s a good idea to start a birth control method—so visiting Teen Clinic may be your best option.

 

Websites to Check Out!

Bedsider is a birth control support network for women 18-29.  It has a great birth control guide!

Safeteens is your no-nonsense guide to best friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, frenemies and enemies.

Sex, Etc. is a national organization providing comprehensive sexuality education to young people and adults.

Planned Parenthood Teen is a leading resource for sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Scarleteen is real world sex ed:  inclusive, comprehensive, and smart sexuality information for teens and 20’s.

Stayteen encourages you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting.  STAY TEEN!

It’s Your Sex Life the official website of MTV.

Love is Respect: National Dating Abuse Helpline is the ultimate resource for healthy dating and relationships.

RAINN: Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country.

A Thin Line was developed to empower you to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in your life and amongst your peers.