CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News UpdateILLINOIS: Illinois Could Repeal AIDS Notification Requirement For Schools
March 19, 2013
CBS St. Louis (03.18.13)
Aids Weekly Plus
Illinois House Bill 61, which recently passed the House 61-55-1, would repeal a state law requiring that principals and superintendents be notified if a school-aged child has AIDS. Sponsoring Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) explained that more is known now about HIV/AIDS and how it can be contracted, and that universal precaution is the best measure for addressing the disease. Other representatives disagreed with the bill. For example, Rep. Chad Hayes (R-Catlin) felt it was inappropriate not to notify school officials of a child’s disease status, stating if a child had diabetes or epilepsy, the school would be informed. However, Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) argued that CDC has not recorded any cases of AIDS being contracted within school walls.