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Preventing HIV Among Teens

Quianta Moore

Preventing HIV Among Teens.

By Quianta L. Moore, Mary E. Paul, Amy L. McGuire, and Mary A. Majumder

The second largest percentage of new HIV infections in the United States occurs among people aged 13 to 24 years old. Yet very few state minor consent laws explicitly authorize adolescents to consent to preventive services for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections without parental permission.

This issue brief summarizes the legal, ethical and policy considerations related to adolescents’ participation in HIV and STI prevention research in the U.S.