ORS 109.610 : Right to care for certain sexually transmitted infections without parental consent

Youth Rights in Oregon


(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a minor who may have come into contact with any sexually transmitted infection may give consent to the furnishing of hospital, medical or surgical care related to the diagnosis or treatment of the sexually transmitted infection, if the sexually transmitted infection is one that is required by law or regulation adopted pursuant to law to be reported to a state or local health agency or officer. Consent given under this subsection may not be disaffirmed based on minority.

(2) (a) The consent of a parent or legal guardian of a minor described in subsection (1) of this section is not required to authorize the care described in subsection (1) of this section.

(b) A parent or legal guardian who does not consent to the care described in subsection (1) of this section is not liable for payment for the care provided under subsection (1) of this section. [Formerly 109.105; 1977 c.303 §1; 2012 c.26 §5; 2015 c.736 §48; 2019 c.456 §§1,1a]

What does this mean for you?

Youth may seek professional care for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections (STIs), with or without parental consent, if it is a STD/STI that is required to be reported to a healthcare official. If a legal caregiver is not informed about the treatment or refuses to consent for the treatment, then they are not responsible for the cost of the care.