May 10, 2011 2:21 PM Subscribe
I'm a minor. I have red flat spots on my testicles that I'd like to get checked. Do I get doctor-patient confidentiality in Florida?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (21 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
On Saturday I noticed red flat spots on my testicles. They go away for a while when I take a shower. They don't itch or hurt. Our house has been home to a few bugs recently, and after I washed my sheets with hot water and started wearing tighter underwear to bed, the spots have started to fade (I'm hoping that's the source of the problem). Regardless, I'd still like to get this checked out by my family doctor, or any other if available.
What I'm afraid of is that my parents will find out I'm 'sexually active'. They are extremely conservative, and definitely would not be understanding in such a matter. I've only had two partners; one was more than a year ago, and my current one and I haven't had any sexual contact in over a month -- I'm also her first. I highly doubt this is the source of my problem but I'm unsure if the doctor will ask about it. If he does, I would like to answer honestly but I would also like to make sure this doesn't reach my parents.
I'm fifteen years old living in the state of Florida (UCF-Valencia Community College area, if there are any resources I can take advantage of). Will I have doctor-patient confidentiality? My partner is the same age as I am, if that makes a difference. Any insight into what my problem might be would be nice too, though I know you are not a professional, nor did I really actually give too much detail (partly on purpose and partly because there isn't much to give).