You can help prevent HIV in Connecticut.
Overview: Over 20% of new HIV diagnoses are people between the ages of 13 and 24. You can help pass legislation that will help increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an oral pill that has reduces the risk of HIV infection by more than 90%.
Legislative Update: This legislation passed the Connecticut House of Representatives on April 24 and will be up for a Senate vote soon. Please focus your calls on your State Senators.
- Read the below background on the legislation.
- Find your legislator:
Call your legislator(s) using the script at this link.
- If they're supporting An Act Concerning the Prevention of HIV, thank them for their support-- and while you're at it, ask them to co-sponsor the bill!
- If your legislator is not supporting the bill, be polite, but firm. Ask them why they're not supporting the bill or if they'd like more information.
- Let us know how it goes! Contact Conor Pfeifer at Conor@ctpridecenter.org and let us know how your conversation went!
There is a bill currently before the state legislature, HB 6540 that would increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an oral pill that prevents HIV infection.
Currently, Connecticut allows an adolescent that has been diagnosed with HIV to receive treatment without parental consent. However, if an adolescent wants to prevent HIV using PrEP, it is currently required that they have parental consent. In summary, adolescents can be treated for HIV without parental consent, but they cannot take measures to prevent HIV infection without parental consent.
The FDA expanded approval of PrEP to adolescents in May 2018. However, adolescents in Connecticut -- even those at substantial risk of HIV infection -- cannot currently consent to PrEP. This bill would ensure that adolescents at risk for HIV have direct access to PrEP.
HIV is a Significant Health Risk for Adolescents
- As of 2016, 10,400 people were living with HIV in Connecticut.
- In 2015, youth ages 13 to 14 accounted for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in the US.
- Transgender individuals have the highest risk of HIV infection, particularly those of color.
- Young gay and bisexual men of color are are at high risk of HIV infection.
PrEP is Safe, Effective, and Reduces Costly Lifetime Care
- PrEP reduces the risk of sexual HIV transmission by more than 90 percent.
- Patients on PrEP must engage in routine HIV testing and medical care.
- HIV prevention reduces need for costly lifelong treatment, averaging $379,668.
PrEP can be an important part of preventing the spread of HIV. Check out our community partners at Circle Care Center to find out how you or a loved one can find out more about PrEP.