People with AIDS and other communicable diseases scored a major victory Thursday when the House Health Standing Committee voted in favor of HB6, which protects victims' privacy.

Legislators rejected a proposed amendment by the Utah Railroad Association, which would enable attorneys to subpoena health department records in personal injury lawsuits.The bill itself, sponsored by Rep. Joseph Moody, R-Delta, requires that the identity of people reported to have communicable diseases be held strictly confidential except in certain instances.

Some exemptions include disclosure to other health agencies to prevent transmission of the disease; in the case of minors, identities may be disclosed to the Division of Family Services; or in cases involving child sexual abuse, the information may be disclosed in a judge's chambers, but must be sealed by the court at the conclusion of the proceedings.