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South Carolina Lawmakers Give Approval to Remove Requirement to Reveal HIV-Positive Students

March 11, 2011

House legislators voted 83-18 on Thursday to eliminate a requirement that the state Department of Health and Environmental Control notify school officials when a student has tested positive for HIV. The law dates from the early 1980s, when little was known about the virus and its spread. South Carolina is one of only four states to have such a law. Following a procedural vote, the bill will advance to the Senate.

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Adapted from:
The State (Columbia, S.C.)

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.
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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Mom2One (eastcoast) Tue., Mar. 15, 2011 at 12:10 am UTC
Thank God! No mother should be mandated to reveal her child's status to anyone that doesn't need to know or is not involved in their primary health care! Yay for a step in the right direction. Now to get them to stop segregating HIV+ not right!
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