Even if you feel embarrassed at first about raising personal subjects like physical development or sexual health , it's helpful to know that doctors deal with those concerns — and all sorts of things — every day. For this reason, a person who is concerned about a sensitive topic, such as having an STD, shouldn't avoid going to the doctor. Of course the doctor you've had since you were a little kid knows your medical history, but if you're not comfortable talking with him or her for any reason, what do you do? Sexual health education and treatment includes counseling, birth control , pregnancy care, and examinations and treatment for STDs. Confidential care means that your medical treatment stays between you and your doctor — you don't have to get a parent's permission. The more you know your body, the more you can be in control of your own health. Most doctors will allow a teen to go to an appointment alone if a parent calls and gives permission for treatment. Parents can often help by providing information on your and your family's. That's where confidentiality comes in. Most doctors realize that people can feel uncomfortable about raising sensitive issues, and they try to be good listeners. Now that you're getting older, you may want — or be expected — to take charge of your medical care. Express your interest in taking an active role in your medical care. And sometimes ignoring the risks of not talking to your doctor can outweigh the few moments of discomfort you may feel in raising sensitive health concerns. Doctors and nurses are trained to help you with your health and emotional concerns. But if talking to a parent or other responsible adult in your family isn't possible, you still need to get good care for yourself. But let's face it — not everyone is. Some doctors will treat their teen patients confidentially only when they have a parent's approval to do so.