Illinois: Repeal of act requiring students to report their HIV status defeated

Meagan Sexton writes:

The Illinois House on Tuesday rejected legislation that would repeal the state’s Communicable Disease Prevention Act, which requires students to report their HIV status to principals.

The legislation attracted 43 “yes” votes and 62 “no” votes.

House Bill 4314 was an attempt to repeal the existing law that permits a school principal to disclose the identity of an HIV-infected child to the school nurse and the student’s teachers. A principal also can disclose the student’s identity to those persons who, under federal or state law, are required to decide the placement or educational program of the child.

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