Illinois House Rejects Legislation That Would Have Repealed Act Requiring Students to Report Their HIV Status
March 6, 2008
The Illinois House on Tuesday voted 62-43 to reject a bill (HB 4314) that would have repealed a state act requiring students to report their HIV-positive status to school principals, the Springfield State Journal Register reports. Under the act, called the Communicable Disease Prevention Act, principals are permitted to disclose the identities of HIV-positive students to school nurses and the students' teachers. In addition, principals can disclose students' identities to people who, under federal or state law, are required to determine the students' placement or education program.
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D), who sponsored the bill, said that she will try to revive the bill and provide lawmakers with education about the importance of repealing the act. "I don't think people have a full understanding of what youth is faced with and the stigma that still remains around HIV and the need to protect people's privacy around health issues," Feigenholtz said (Sexton, Springfield State Journal Register, 3/5).
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