(KTSF by Hellas Leung)
AB 499 allows minors, 12 years of age or older, to consent to medical care for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases without parental agreement. These preventive services include the HPV vaccine.
According to Charles J. Wibbelsman, a doctor in the Pediactrics-Teen Clinic at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco, it is important for girls to get the HPV vaccine before their first sexual contact.
Human papillomavirus, commonly called HPV, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, compared to older adults, sexually-active adolescents between 15 and 19 years old are at a higher risk of acquiring STDs.
Notably, some parents are outraged that they have been excluded from the decision-making process. SaveCalifornia.com, a self-described pro-family organization, referred to HPV vaccines as “sex shots” on its website.
The author of the bill states that the new law is necessary because some adolescents come from difficult family situations which will either delay or fail to obtain services.
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