My Bill Concerning HIV Prevention Passes

April 24, 2019

Board of Votes for HB 6540

The Connecticut House of Representatives is in session today and I am happy to share that a bill I introduced has passed (121-26):

HB 6540, An Act Concerning the Prevention of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus

In April, we commemorate National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and I am proud that the House passed legislation that Rep. Jeff Currey (D-East Hartford) and I introduced. The legislation increases access to preventative and prophylactic interventions for minors who are at risk of exposure to the human immunodeficiency virus.

Despite the decline in overall HIV cases, last year, the rate of HIV infections increased in Connecticut and hundreds of our residents still suffer every year. Sadly, the LGBTQ community, people of color, and young people are disproportionately affected. It is vitally important we support these groups and protect their future and my legislation takes an important step towards that goal.

The bill will allow young people to access potentially lifesaving preventative care without putting themselves at risk of parental rejection or abuse. PrEP also increases routine testing for HIV and sexually transmitted infections as a prescription requirement, further prioritizing an individual’s well-being.

As a freshman legislator, I am committed to introducing and co-sponsoring bills such as H.B. 6540 that protect our youth. It is our duty to support each member of our community by giving them access to better resources that allow them to live full and healthy lives.

I will continue to advocate for this bill as I have since day one, to ensure it also passes through the Senate.

To learn more about the importance of the bill, click here.