It can be hard to find clear, trustworthy, accurate information on the internet sometimes! Below are lots of resources from reliable organizations that might answer some of your questions. And you can always call us too!
Factual, un-biased information on issues like sex, relationships, absitnence, and birth control.
A safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. Accessible 24 hours/day
Information about abstinence, healthy relationships, how to talk about sensitive topics like sex and birth control, pregnancy prevention, and STIs.
Offers clear, fun, reliable information on getting your period, stopping bullies, getting fit, preventing STIs, and more
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health
Info on health issues and concerns affecting LGBT youth and communities.
Love is respect
Offers support, information, and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about healthy relationships
Stand Up Speak Up! is a campaign and a movement of Alaska youth that are working to end violence and to create communities of respect.
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line:
Helpful Resources for Parents:
Your health is important to us! We are glad you're seeking information and services to take charge of your health. Public health nursing staff around the state offer services for teens (ages 19 and under), including:
- Pregnancy testing/counseling
- Birth control
- STI (sexually transmitted infection) screening and treatment
- Emergency Contraception (Plan B)
Frequently Asked Questions
Is my visit confidential?
In Alaska, all health care services offered at family planning clinics are confidential. This means that you don't need written permission from your parent or guardian to get services like birth control, annual exams, pregnancy testing, and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
It also means we will not share information with anyone about your visit unless you ask us to. However, in certain situations we are mandated by law to report if you tell us that you are being abused, neglected, or have thoughts of harming yourself or others. In these cases, we have support services and resources for you as well.
Ask your nurse any questions you might have about the confidentiality of your vist. We are here for you! In addition, we always encourage teens to talk with a parent or other trusted adult about their health care concerns.
How do I make an appointment?
While all public health centers offer services for teens, including STI screening and family planning services, some health centers have special walk-in times specifically for teen clients. Call your nearest public health center (locations) for more information and to see if there are special hours for teens. Some clinics take same-day appointments, so be sure to ask about that when you call.
How much does it cost?
Our services are provided on a sliding fee scale (meaning fees are based on income) and we don't deny anyone service if they can't pay. Your health is important to us; it's less awkward to talk about it ahead of time, so call if you have concerns about the cost of your visit.
What is a typical visit like?
Here are some things you can expect:
- Your first stop is the front desk, where you'll fill out paperwork
- You might have to give a urine sample (pee in a cup), so be sure to drink water ahead of time.
- In the privacy of the exam room, you'll be asksed by a nurse about your medical history and current health status and concerns. This is a good time to ask questions, or tell the nurse what is on your mind!
- Depending on your visit, a trained nurse practitioner might give you a physical exam if you need one.
- You'll talk with the nurse about any testing, birth control method(s), or medication you need or want.
- At the end of the appointment, you'll review your health plan and schedule any follow-up appointments.
- Stop by the front desk again on your way out and let them know how you're handling payment.
- Congratulations--you just took a HUGE step toward taking charge of your health!
Page updated July 19, 2016