If I get a genital exam is there any way my parents would find out? Or if I just go in for a check-up and end up needing to take prescription medications would they find out?
This is a great question! If you are over 18 you are considered a legal adult which means your parents cannot inquire about your medical visits. The nature of your medical visit is confidential and will show up on your LOUIE account as a “Campus Health Services” charge. It will not state that you had a genital exam. BUT if your parents pay your expenses through LOUIE, they might see this “Campus Health Service” charge.
There is a reason why we word it this way. Your parents (and anyone else looking at your account) won’t know if you had a sore throat, a massage, or a genital exam. It will all look the same.
If you need a prescription you can fill it at the campus health pharmacy. Again, this charge will be a “Campus Health Service” charge—it won’t state that you picked up a prescription. In fact, you can buy a variety of things at the campus pharmacy: athletic clothes, granola bars, greeting cards—and they show up as a “Campus Health Services” charge too. You can pick up a prescription and also buy a cute stuffed frog to give to that special person in your life. Your parents won’t be able to tell the difference.
Keep in mind that if you are covered under your parents’ insurance policy, your parents might receive an invoice. Though it might not give the details of your visit, it could raise some questions about why you went to see the doctor. One thing you could do is pay cash for your visit, in order to avoid a charge to your insurance.
If you have any other questions about confidentiality you can call Medical Services.
-The Health Nuts