When you’re on the phone or walk in to schedule your appointment, it is a good time to mention:
- That you’re interested in Title X (ten) services;
- Any questions you may have about what to bring with you to your appointment;
- Whether you prefer to be seen by a male or female clinician;
- If you’re seeking a particular brand or method of birth control.
Before your appointment, remember to:
- Make a list of any questions you may have for the providers.
You don’t need insurance to be seen at our health centers. If you have insurance, it may pay for your visit. Bring your insurance card (AHCCCS and/or private) to the clinic with you.
Pregnancy tests are available without appointments at some health centers. You should call the location directly and ask if they take walk-ins for pregnancy tests.
At the beginning of your visit, you will fill out medical forms needed for your visit. A staff member can fill them out if you need help. These forms will include questions about your:
Personal information: The clinic asks for your birth date, a phone number, and an address where you can be reached.
Medical history: You are asked about you and your family’s health problems.
Your health: You are asked about your current health and how you are feeling.
What you tell the health center staff is private and confidential!
Your health information is private. What you tell the health center staff is confidential, regardless of your age or income. The only exceptions are:
a) If you are a minor and mention rape, abuse or incest. Arizona law requires that it be reported to the proper agency;
b) Positive results for certain sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) must be reported to the state health department.
It is important for the clinic to have a way to reach you. The staff is very careful when they call you and will not leave a message or share your information with anyone else unless you give them your written permission.
Answering Your Questions
A trained staff member at the health center can talk privately with you and answer your questions.
It is important to tell about any problems or concerns.
Additional Questions Your Provider May Ask:
- If you or your partner need birth control;
- If you or your partner use birth control now;
- If you would like to get a form of birth control at today’s visit.
If you think you might be pregnant, ask for a pregnancy test.
You may get some test results that same day. If you have an infection, you will receive medicine to treat it or a referral for treatment. If you have chosen a birth control method, you may be given a supply of that method or make an appointment to return for the method.
You should be offered condoms to help prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs). If condoms aren’t offered, ask for them!
Health center staff will let you know whether you need a follow-up visit and when or if they will call to give you any test results.
Who will perform my physical exam? What does a physical exam look for?
A trained medical professional, known as a clinician, examines you. Clinicians examine, diagnose health problems, prescribe medications and help you choose birth control methods. A clinician may be a:
- nurse practitioner
- physician assistant
- nurse midwife
The clinician reads your medical history and asks you more questions. It is important to answer the questions truthfully. Some of the questions are very personal. It’s okay for you to ask the clinician questions!
The type of exam you receive depends on if you are male or female.
If you are female, the clinician checks your breasts for any lumps, bumps or changes. The clinician will also teach you how to self-check your breasts. The clinician also examines your pelvis, including your vagina and cervix. The entire exam only takes a few minutes.
If you are male, the clinician may examine your penis and testicles to check for any lumps, bumps or sores. He or she also checks for hernias. The entire exam only takes a few minutes.