South Dakota: Senate Approves HIV Records Release
March 5, 2003
A measure allowing the South Dakota Health Department to release personal medical information on some people passed the state Senate 32-2 on Tuesday. HB1019 would authorize state officials to give prosecutors otherwise confidential information when people are being investigated for intentionally exposing others to HIV without their knowledge. A judge would have to issue an order before test results and other personal information could be released. The attorney general or prosecutors also could be alerted if Health Department officials suspect people of intentionally exposing others to HIV. Under existing state law, doctors must report all cases of contagious diseases to the Health Department, but its officials are not free to disclose the identities of those people. The bill relaxing that restriction was passed earlier by the House and now goes to the governor. Exposing someone to HIV is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Adapted from:
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.