Prisoners; mandatory testing for HIV. (HB160)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Relating to mandatory testing of prisoners for HIV.  Requires the Department of Corrections to test all prisoners received by the Department for human immunodeficiency virus and authorizes the Department to test for human immunodeficiency virus as the Department shall deem necessary. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101685D
01/05/2010Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/01/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB160)
02/16/2010Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

This bill expands the number of prisoners subject to mandatory HIV testing.

god-fearer writes:

those of us who have been working with HIV/AIDS issues over the years are aware of how willfully ignorant Department of Corrections has been about HIV diagnosis of persons in custody ... apparently wanting to remain ignorant of what comes after knowing : not wanting to provide best practices of treatment, no wanting to provide best practices of prevention among the incarcerated populations, not wanting to achieve and maintain zero sexual victimization in the prisons (since sexual victimization is occurring among inmates, and from staff, too), not wanting to provide inmate access to up to date information and support group meetings with outside counselors and volunteers, etc ... and the ill and tragic effects of all this willful ignorance comes back home to our Virginia families and communities when the incarcerated are released ... recall dear Christian and other friends, that Jesus said in a parabolic teaching, that when he was in prison you did not visit him, and that this lack of human concern sends us into hades