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  • hpv ed 080718SPRINGFIELD – Young people in Illinois now have increased access to information about human papillomavirus (HPV) under a measure sponsored by State Senator Linda Holmes (D – Aurora) that became law today.

    Under previous law, schools were only required to provide HPV information to female students entering the 6th grade. The new law requires schools to ensure that all students, both male and female, receive the necessary information.

    “HPV is a very serious condition that can lead to cancer diagnoses in both men and women,” Holmes said. “To only mandate that female students be provided the information leaves half of the population vulnerable to a potentially life threatening illness, and I’m proud to have helped pass a law that allows for everyone, regardless of sex,  to receive the information they need to remain healthy.”

    Senate Bill 2866 passed through both chambers with bipartisan support, and is effective as of January 1, 2019.

  • holmes 042518SPRINGFIELD – To improve access to information about human papillomavirus (HPV) for young people in Illinois, State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) passed legislation through the Illinois Senate earlier today.

    Holmes’ measure, Senate Bill 2866, requires doctors to inform both male and female students entering the sixth grade about the HPV vaccine. Since 2007, state law has only required female students receive this information. The Center for Disease Control has recommended the vaccination for males since 2011.

  • holmes 022718SPRINGFIELD – To improve access to information about human papillomavirus (HPV) for young people in Illinois, state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, introduced legislation in a Senate committee meeting.

    “This legislation ensures that all sixth-grade students in Illinois receive information about the HPV vaccine and its importance in preventing dangerous illnesses later in life,” Holmes said. “Since 2007, only girls have received information about the vaccine. If we want to decrease cases of HPV and associated conditions like cervical cancer, we need to do a better job of educating younger generations.”