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Local lawmaker introduces bill about youth HIV prevention

Bethel State Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan has introduced a bill which now awaits a vote by the House of Representatives.  The legislation voted out of committee a bill which would allow doctors to prescribe HIV prevention pill PrEP to minors without parental consent.  He says young people should not have to wait until after contracting HIV to access care.  Connecticut currently allows minors to access HIV testing and treatment — but not HIV prevention — without parental consent.  Allie-Brennan says this pill remains out-of-reach to many youth, especially those who do not feel safe talking to their parents about their sexuality.  Yesterday was National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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