The Illinois House of Representatives, on Wednesday, voted to allow teenage Illinoisans as young as 12 years old to secure the HIV-prevention drug PrEP without parental consent.

  

Introduced by State Rep Lamont J. Robinson (D-5-Chicago), House Bill 2665 passed the legislative body with a vote of 62-48.

 

HB 2665 will "amend the Consent by Minors to Health Care Services Act [to provde] that a minor of 12 years or older who may have come into contact with any sexually transmitted disease or may be determined to be an intoxicated person or a person with a substance use disorder, or who may have a family member who abuses drugs or alcohol, may give consent to the furnishing of health care services or counseling related to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment, rather than just the diagnosis or treatment, of the disease."

 

 "Working with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, I signed on to sponsor HB2665 because while new HIV/AIDS transmissions are down 35% in Illinois over the last decade, black gay men are experiencing an increase in HIV cases, particularly among youth. They need easy access to the highly successful PrEP drug," Robinson posted on Facebook.

 

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