Illinois: Bill Seeks HIV Test in School Physicals
January 23, 2007
Under a bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago), HIV testing would be offered during school physicals, when Illinois students receive immunizations and TB testing. Parents would be free to decline their permission for HIV testing. "[HIV/AIDS] is no longer a death sentence," Flowers said. "You can live with it and not die from it, but lack of knowledge will cause you to die from it." Flowers last year sponsored a bill to require HIV testing of newborns if their mother's serostatus is unknown; that bill is now Illinois law.