RESOURCES for Healthcare Providers
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.
STI Testing and Treatment
All minors may self-consent.
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
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.