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Cuomo says Access to HIV Treatment Critical for Youth

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In 2013, only 48 percent of HIV+ 13- to 24-year-olds had suppressed viral loads. (PAHO/

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants minors to be able to get treatment for HIV without parental consent.

Under current state law, people younger than 18 can be tested for HIV without telling their parents, but unlike other sexually transmitted infections, minors who test positive for HIV need a parent’s consent to receive treatment. Lillian Rivera, director of advocacy and capacity building for the Hetrick Martin Institute, said that can put some youth at greater risk.

“We’ve known young people who have had the experience of not even being HIV-positive, but families thinking that they have HIV and throwing them out of their homes,” she said.

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