SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – A measure backed by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, which aims to curb sexually transmitted diseases among adolescents through better access to preventive healthcare was recently signed into law by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
“One of my top priorities as a legislator is to ensure that young people are given the tools they need to live safe and happy lives,” Mussman said. “By expanding preventative health care for minors, we are taking steps to prevent our young people from being susceptible to contracting illnesses, such as sexually transmitted diseases.”
Mussman sponsored House Bill 2665, which gives minors access to preventative health care measures for care related to sexually transmitted diseases or substance use disorders without needing parental consent. This bill moves Illinois to join over a dozen states in allowing minors to access preventative and reproductive care, including birth control, HIV prevention medication such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and preventative vaccinations such as the HPV vaccine.
“This measure not only helps improve the lives of our young people, but can save their lives as well,” Mussman said. “I am thankful that my colleagues in the General Assembly and Governor Pritzker agree that we must protect our youth and provide them with the care they need.”