Mandatory AIDS testing of all Utah State Prison inmates upon their incarceration could be reality by summer.

Under the provisions of SB15, filed by Sen. Winn Richards, R-Bountiful, the Department of Corrections would test all inmates, and would then be required to provide segregated housing for inmates who test positive."No person who tests negative for AIDS or HIV may be placed or housed in a cell or room with a person who has tested positive for either of those conditions, except upon (the inmate's) written request," the bill specifies.

The bill also requires the Department of Corrections to provide "reasonable and adequate" medical care for those who test positive. In return, the bill authorizes the department to take whatever administrative steps it deems necessary "for the safety and security of the prison population and prison staff."