Introduced House Bill (H)

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DIGEST

Sexually transmitted disease tests. Requires that if an alleged victim is less than 18 years of age, a prosecuting attorney shall petition a court to order the defendant charged with the commission of a potentially disease transmitting offense or an offense involving the transmission of a bodily fluid to submit to a screening test to determine whether the defendant is infected with a dangerous disease. (Current law requires the prosecuting attorney to petition the court after receiving a request from the alleged victim's parent, guardian, or custodian (parent).) Requires that the health officer of the county where the alleged victim Sexually transmitted disease tests. Requires that if an alleged victim is less than 18 years of age, a prosecuting attorney shall petition a court to order the defendant charged with the commission of a potentially disease transmitting offense or an offense involving the transmission of a bodily fluid to submit to a screening test to determine whether the defendant is infected with a dangerous disease. (Current law requires the prosecuting attorney to petition the court after receiving a request from the alleged victim's parent, guardian, or custodian (parent).) Requires that the health officer of the county where the alleged victim resides be provided the test results and discuss the results of the test with the alleged victim's parent and, if appropriate, any treatment or medical care that may be appropriate for the alleged victim. Provides that if the parent is unable to afford to pay for the medical treatment of a dangerous disease, the health officer shall assist the parent in applying for assistance from appropriate public and private programs and that if assistance is not provided by a public or private program the local health department shall pay for the alleged victim's medical treatment. Provides that a health officer is not liable for disclosing patient test information that is required to be disclosed to an alleged victim's parent. Provides that a court must require a defendant who has been found guilty of certain sexual crimes with a victim who is less than 18 years of age to submit to a test for a dangerous sexually transmitted disease. Requires that the test results be provided to the parent of the victim and the health officer. ... View more