RESOURCES for Healthcare Providers

Sexual health is healthcare and we believe that everyone has a right to live healthy and well lives, including teens. 

Talking tips for healthcare providers

  • Make your clinic environment teen-friendly
  • Give the facts so teens can make informed decisions about care and contraceptives
  • Use inclusive terms and ask about preferred pronouns
  • Use age-appropriate language and ensure mutual understanding
  • Normalize questions and ask open-ended follow-ups

National Coalition for Sexual Health Provider’s Guide can help healthcare providers better integrate sexual health conversations and recommended preventive services into routine visits with adolescents and adults.

 

Teen-Friendly Clinic Guidelines

 

Our friends at Amplify: Youth Health Collective crafted a how-to guide for being teen-friendly. Check out these tips to help your clinic support youth!

 

Oklahoma Laws + Reporting

 

As a healthcare provider, it’s important to stay up to date on Oklahoma’s laws and reporting around sexual health services for minors.

Hidden Row
STI Testing and Treatment

All minors may self-consent.

Contraception

Teens under 18 generally cannot self consent to contraceptive services. However, teens can self consent in these instances:

  • Any minor at a Title X clinic
  • A minor who is insured through SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid)

Not all clinics apply! Check out our Sexual Health Resource Guide to see which ones do in our community.

Age of Consent
  • Oklahoma legal age of consent is 16
  • A “close in age” exemption allows minors over the age of 14 to consent to sexual intercourse with a partner younger than 18
Reporting

All Oklahomans must report if they have a reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 is a victim of abuse or neglect. Contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services hotline at 1-800-522-3511 if you believe a child has been abused.

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