I received more comments on my Planned Parenthood post than any post in a long time. Thanks! A bunch of people had questions about minors and sexual activity and reporting–first, you have to check with your own state, as it varies per state.
This is a list of when physicians must report sexual activity among their patients (for California). Often I’m told that patients (teenagers) know about these rules and will generally lie or not answer the question about their partner(‘)s age because of this. Also, in some jurisdictions, I’m told that the area does not believe that mandatory reporting is good for its community, so physicians will technically report to the police, but the police never act on it; in this way, physicians are not breaking the law.