Los Angeles Blade: Senator Gonzalez Co-Authors Rapid STI Testing Bill
Emphasizing the links between the decreasing rates of new HIV infection rates — thanks to PrEp and other preventions – and the skyrocketing rates of sexually transmitted infections, Wiener introduced SB 932 on Feb. 5 to authorize HIV counselors to perform rapid syphilis tests. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), syphilis infections were up almost 15% from 2017 to 2018.
SB 932, which is co-authored by State Sen. Lena Gonzalez of Long Beach, also mandates that HIV counselors undergo an HIV counseling training course certified by the California Office of AIDS.
“Many cities throughout the state face growing STI rates. I am proud to co-author this important bill, to provide easier access to rapid STI testing,” said Gonzalez.“By allowing HIV counselors to perform these tests, we can help increase the number of people getting tested and prevent the transmission of STIs statewide.” (Read Full Text)