Los Angeles Times (09.16.07) - Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Before adjourning Sept. 12, the California Legislature passed
nearly a thousand bills, among them measures to normalize HIV
testing and promote human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must veto or sign the measures into
law by Oct. 21.
Among the measures passed is AB 1429, which would require
insurers that cover cervical cancer treatment to also cover
vaccinations that prevent the strains of HPV responsible for
most cervical cancers. The bill's sponsor is Assembly member
Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa).
Assembly Bill 682 would do away with separate consent forms to
conduct HIV testing, allowing HIV test consent to be indicated
on general consent forms for health screenings. The bill's
sponsor is Assembly member Patty Berg (D-Eureka).
If the governor approves AB 1334, a measure sponsored by
Assembly member Sandre Swanson (D-Alameda), California would
allow the distribution of condoms in prisons.
Senate Bill 443, sponsored by Sen. Carol Migden (D-San
Francisco) and recently signed into law by the governor,
allows HIV-positive men in serodiscordant couples wanting to
conceive to use reproductive technology that "washes" the
sperm of infectious diseases. The law aims to help minimize
the infection risk to any HIV-negative woman who wants a child
fathered by an HIV-positive partner.
For more information, visit www.leginfo.ca.gov.