ALL clinics in this Guide can use Family PACT and Medi-Cal, two government programs, to give you most sexual health services for FREE. And, County STD Clinics are always free for everyone to use, any time.
Another government program, Vaccines for Children (“VFC”), can help you get FREE vaccines for STDs, like HPV.
If your family has health insurance — like Kaiser or L.A. Care — you can also use it for sexual health services, and require them to keep your visit private from your parents.
Here’s how these programs work…
What is Family PACT?
Family PACT is a CA program to help ensure that everyone can get many sexual health services, including birth control and STD testing and treatment.
How to get it:Read More
– Age 18 or older? You can still use Family PACT if your income is under the limit, and you meet a few other requirements.
What is Medi-Cal?
Medi-Cal is a CA program to give health services to CA residents with lower-incomes. Anyone who lives in CA and is under the income limit can get regular Medi-Cal. But you should also know about two special types of Medi-Cal:Read More
“Minor Consent Medi-Cal.”
You can use Emergency Medi-Cal for an urgent service, like abortion.
How to get it:
What is a CCR?
A “CCR” (Confidential Communications Request) lets you use your parents’ health insurance, like Kaiser or L.A. Care, for birth control and STD/HIV services, without the insurance plan telling your parents that you used these services, or sending them any bills or letters.Read More
What is VFC?
VFC (Vaccines for Children) is a U.S. government program that helps pay for vaccinations for kids and teens. In CA, if you are under age 18, you can get vaccinations for STDs, including HPV and Hepatitis B, without anyone’s permission. And VFC might allow you to get those vaccinations for free.Read More
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