New York State Assembly Bill 3864 -- the first of its kind in the nation -- will require licensed health care providers to complete training in sexual health, including how to talk to patients about sex, STIs and HIV. Experts believe that this kind of training is needed to address the mistrust and discrimination that communities hit hardest by HIV and STIs continue to experience.
CHLP helped draft A3864 and it was introduced in January 2021 by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal. The bill seeks to encourage and strengthen the relationship between patients and providers, especially marginalized patients who might be worried about the collateral legal consequences to an HIV diagnosis, and might be worried about how an HIV diagnosis would change their lives, affect their romantic and sexual relationships, affect their immigration or asylum status, or affect every aspect of their lives. Encouraging and strengthening those relationships between patients and providers, can help bring all patients into an affirming and competent health care system.