What are youth clinics?
Youth Clinics are free and confidential places to go for any kind of medical help or counselling. The doctors and nurses who work at the youth clinics are specialists in youth health concerns.
What happens when you go to a youth clinic?
You don't need a Care Card or other ID or money. You will get to see a doctor or nurse for any kind of health problem. Most of the clinics are run on a "first-come, first-served" basis so you have the option of calling to make an appointment or just showing up. Phone the clinic that is convenient for you and check its hours. Try to go early because some days they are very busy. Going to a clinic might feel scary, but these are friendly places. Bring a friend. Services are free and the clinics have free condoms and birth control pills and other medications.
Will everyone know I am having sex if they see me in the waiting room at a youth clinic?
No! Not that it's anyone's business but yours. Youth come to the clinics for many reasons – skin, weight, stress, or sleep problems, to find out if they are pregnant, to get tested for an STI, to talk about personal problems, to get help with a sports injury, for mono, the flu or even a sore throat, etc...
Are the clinics confidential?
Yes! Absolutely! No records will be given out to anyone without your permission. No information about your visit will be given to anyone but you. Not to your best friend, your grandmother, your teacher, your boyfriend or girlfriend and not to your mom or dad. The only times they might be required, by law, to share your information is if the nurse or doctor thinks that you are at risk of hurting yourself, or hurting someone else. This is simply to keep people as safe as possible. If you have any questions about confidentiality, they will be able to answer them for you.
Below are links to all the youth clinics in Vancouver, Richmond and the North Shore. There are also youth clinics in Burnaby, New Westminster, Surrey and Port Moody listed below.
BURNABY YOUTH CLINIC
4734 Imperial Street, Burnaby, BC V5J 1C2
Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Ages 25 and younger. Free birth control for those under 21
NEW WESTMINSTER YOUTH CLINIC
38 Begbie Street, New Westminster
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Services to age 21 and under
SURREY MEMORIAL YOUTH CLINIC
13750 - 96 Street (@ King George Hwy), Surrey
Monday 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 11:00am - 4:00pm
APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED BUT DROP-INS WELCOME
TRI-CITIES YOUTH CLINIC
200 - 205 Newport Drive, Port Moody
BC V3H 5C9
Wednesday 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Services to age 21 and under. Emergency contraception, birth control, STI/HIV testing and treatment, pregnancy testing and counselling, smoking cessation, stress counselling, immunization, nutrition information and general health information.
For a list of clinics in other areas of BC, check out the Options For Sexual Health’s Clinic Finder. For more information, or to double check youth drop in times, call your closest clinic.
List updated: January 15, 2010