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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 11, 2017 03:16 PM
From: Representative Dom Costa
To: All House members
Subject: Right-to-Know HIV Status of Prisoners
In the near future, I will be re-introducing legislation – former House Bill 106 of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session – to permit the Department of Corrections to disclose the HIV, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C status of any infected prisoner to all correctional officers who are required to interact with the infected prisoner.

Generally, current law provides the confidentiality of certain medical records, leaving correctional officers at risk of being exposed to the bodily fluids of an infected prisoner. At this writing, a correctional officer may be made privy to a prisoner’s HIV status if the prisoner consents, or if a physician documents a significant exposure to the correctional officer and the prisoner’s physician has made a good faith effort to notify the prisoner. Under my bill, the release of this information is only to further provide for the personal safety of correctional officers and in no way permits the correctional officer to disclose the prisoner’s confidential HIV-related information.

It is imperative that we provide a safer workplace for correctional officers as they may become exposed to infected bodily fluids while working in their official capacity.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB306