Illinois has approved the repeal of an HIV-notification law after years of pushing by AIDS advocates.
The Senate easily passed HB 61 May 23, a bill that removes a longstanding mandate that health officials notify school principals about HIV-positive students. The repeal was passed by a vote of 38-13.
Current law gives principals the right to share a student's HIV status with teachers and staff. The new law would remove that information from permanent school records.
AIDS advocates have long battled HIV notification laws, arguing that they contribute to stigma and encourage discrimination.
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