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    Question about Doctor/Minor Patient Confidentiality in Iowa
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    angryturtles747 posted:
    I'm a 16 living in Iowa and I was wondering if my doctor is allowed to tell my parents about my self harm? I have an appt tomorrow that will probably involve a blood draw and I have numerous scars on my arms that are very obviously self inflicted and impossible to hide.

    I am getting clean but my parents don't know and for reasons I don't want to get into I really don't want to tell them right now. I have told people so I have a good support system. My best friend (my age) knows as does a family friend (30) who is like a sister to me.

    I've done a lot of research but everything I've found is pretty vague concerning minors so if someone could help me out that would be great!

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    slik_kitty responded:
    I have no clue what the doctor/patient confidentiality stuff would do about that in a minor. you might check at what age in your state a minor is allowed to make their own medical decisions. it varies state by state and i would assume at that point the confidentiality would take effect.


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