NY Gov: Let teens get HIV treatment without parental OK

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo addresses the Association for a Better New York luncheon, in New York, Monday, July 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Teens in New York don’t need their parent’s consent before seeking treatment for most sexually transmitted diseases. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it’s time to change the law so that HIV infections are treated the same way.

The Democratic governor said Thursday that he’s calling on the Legislature to authorize teens to seek treatment for HIV infections without a parent’s OK. The governor says requiring parental consent is a barrier to treatment.

The state already allows teens to seek medical treatment for other sexually transmitted diseases.

Cuomo says updating the list to include HIV is another step toward the state’s goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2020.

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