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HB 2665 would align Illinois law with federal guidance on a minor’s ability to access preventive health care services, like PrEP, without parental consent. The bill passed 62-48 with one member voting present.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration approved PrEP for use by young people who do not have HIV to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV. While overall HIV cases have dropped by 28% over the last decade in Illinois and mother-to-child HIV transmission has nearly been eliminated, HIV diagnoses are increasing among youth in Illinois.
Increasing access to PrEP is critical to helping the state achieve its Getting to Zero goal of ending the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030.
HB 2665 modernizes Illinois law to allow young people to access PrEP without parental consent and would empower young people to take control of their health.
While the bill made it out of the House and is now on to the Senate, we still have more work to do.