[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A bill passed earlier this month in both the Connecticut House and Senate will allow minors to be able to get prescriptions to PrEP, a preventative HIV medication, without parental consent. Once signed into law, this means teens will no longer have to choose between their privacy and health. Today this story was profiled on NPR. Click here to listen or read the transcript of the show and hear from New Haven youth who testified to the importance of having this access as a minor.
“If parental involvement served as a barrier to their having access to something that would prevent a lifetime infection, I think it’s a pragmatic and empowering option to give teens,” said Dr. Krystn Wagner, Medical Director, HIV and Infectious Diseases at Fair Haven Community Health Care.
As a member of the team testifying in front of the CT Legislature, Dr. Wagner is well aware of the significant impact of this accomplishment. The bill was originally introduced at the 2018 Legislative Session but was unable to move through the process before the end of the session.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]