Access to HIV Prevention for Connecticut Youth
Victory! In July 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed the bill into law.
GLAD strongly supports House Bill 6540, which would ensure that populations at risk for HIV have direct access to HIV PrEP and can avoid the currently incurable and life-altering consequences of HIV infection.
Young people are at especially high risk for HIV, and particularly gay and bisexual men of color.
Physicians must have the tools they need to help reduce the unacceptable racial disparities in PrEP utilization. Ensuring that physicians can prescribe PrEP when a youth is at risk for HIV, regardless of parental consent, will facilitate this critical public health goal.
We now have remarkably successful tools to keep youth safe, but doctors have been hampered from using this ground-breaking technology when minors do not have parental consent. We support the passage of House Bill 6540 to protect Connecticut’s youth.