SB 541 - the Youth Health Equity + Safety (YHES) Act is currently being considered in the California Legislature, and you can voice your support to improve health equity outcomes for California teens!
Across the country, STI rates continue to rise at alarming rates, with over half of all reported cases of STIs among young people ages 15-24. Youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth are most impacted by these health disparities due to systemic barriers and unequal access to sexual and reproductive health resources and information.
Untreated STIs can lead to serious and long-term health complications including infertility, cancer, and blindness.
The YHES Act seeks to address the STI epidemic among California youth by requiring public high schools to provide FREE internal and external condoms available, prohibit retailers from asking for ID for condom purchases, and expand access to the HPV vaccine.
The STI public health crisis has been ignored for far too long. It’s time to ensure that young people have the sexual and reproductive health care they want and need to keep themselves safe and healthy, without shame.
California spends approximately $1 billion annually on health costs associated with STIs. Implementing free condoms in high schools is a cost-effective strategy to help curb the state’s public health crisis.
Take Action! Urge your Senator to vote #YHESonSB541 and support the lifelong health and well-being of young people in California!
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