CHICAGO, Ill. – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Lamont Robinson, Jr., D-Chicago, aimed at curbing sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents through better access to preventive healthcare, was signed into law on Wednesday.
“For many young people, discussing safe sex with their parents or guardians is not an option, which can leave them susceptible to contracting a sexually transmitted disease or experiencing an unwanted pregnancy,” said Robinson. “Expanding access to preventative care for minors is critical to reducing the risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.”
Robinson’s House Bill 2665 grants a minor the ability to access preventive care related to sexually transmitted diseases or substance abuse without the need for parental consent. Preventive care may include access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to prevent HIV, HPV vaccines and birth control.
“This measure will not only improve the lives of our kids, but it can be life-saving as well,” said Robinson. “I am grateful for the work done by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and state Sen. Emil Jones to help protect our youth and provide them with the necessary health care they need.”
For more information, please contact Robinson’s constituent service office at 773-924-4614 or District5Rep@LamontJRobinson.com.