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visit at a Family Planning Program clinic really be confidential?
Yes. Federal Title X regulations require clinics to assure patient
confidentiality and to provide safeguards against invasion of personal
privacy in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974. No information about
you can be given to anyone without your written consent. This means that if
someone calls the clinic asking if you had been seen there, clinic staff are
not permitted to reveal any information at all.
If I am an adolescent seeking confidential services, do I need to know my
family's income and insurance information?
No. An adolescent seeking confidential services is considered a family
size of one with a monthly income of zero. Your family's insurance will not
Do I have to go to a Family Planning Program clinic in my county?
No. There are no residential requirements for services at WV Family
Planning Program clinics. You may go to any Program clinic you
Can males be seen in a Family Planning Program clinic?
Yes. Males who meet income guidelines are eligible and encouraged to
take advantage of Family Planning Program services.
Can I still qualify for the program if I have insurance?
Yes. If your insurance does not provide adequate coverage for
reproductive health (gynecological) exams and/or birth control supplies, and
you meet Program income requirements, you are eligible.
What if I have Medicaid?
People who have
regular Medicaid coverage are automatically eligible to receive Family
Planning Program funded services.
However, the Family Planning Program does not pay for services received by
individuals enrolled in Medicaid managed care through an HMO such as The
Health Plan or CareLink. Instead, HMOs pay for family planning services for
people enrolled in the plans.
What if I am not sexually active yet?
The Family Planning Program serves many healthy adolescents and young
adults who are not yet ready to engage in sexual activity but are curious
about it. Clinics can provide counseling and education about all matters of
general and reproductive health including abstinence, contraception,
sexually transmitted diseases, dating violence, etc. Many teens request
information while they are at a clinic to have a sports physical.
What if I want to become pregnant but am having difficulty?
The Family Planning Program makes basic infertility services available to
women and men who desire such services. Basic infertility services consist
of an initial infertility interview, education, physical examination,
counseling and appropriate referral. More involved infertility services such
as semen analysis and assessment of ovulatory function, etc. are not
financially supported by the Family Planning Program.
How can I find out which method of birth control would be best for me?
Before prescribing and providing you contraceptives, a clinician will review
with you the range of birth control methods available. To help you make an
informed choice, you will learn about the various benefits, effectiveness,
possible side effects, correct use, how to discontinue the method and the
need for follow-up visits.
What is emergency contraception? Is it available through a Family
Planning Program clinic?
Emergency contraception is just that - contraception. The WV Family
Planning Program makes available emergency contraceptive pills which are a
concentrated dose of ordinary birth control hormones to reduce the risk of
pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, suspected
contraceptive failure or sexual assault.
Since emergency contraceptive pills contain the same hormones as ordinary
birth control pills, their mode of action is the same as for all other
hormonal methods of contraception. Emergency contraceptive pills cannot
interrupt or disrupt an established pregnancy and must not be confused with
the abortion pill mifepristone (RU-486).
Emergency contraceptive pills are available either on-site or by referral at
all Family Planning Program clinics. Advance prescription is also available
for clients who use barrier method contraceptives.
Can I go to a Family Planning Program clinic the first time just for a
Yes. The first visit to a Family Planning Program clinic for many people is
to have a pregnancy test performed. If your test results are negative, you
will be given information about the availability of family planning services
and offered an appointment to return for a clinical exam.
How can I find out more about STD's and where STD clinics are located?
Contact the WV Bureau for Public Health, STD
Program at (304) 558-2950. Also, information about sexually
transmitted diseases is available on some of the related links.