Two AIDS bills, expected to generate heated controversy, were passed Thursday by the Senate with little discussion - and only one amendment.
Under SB7, private physicians and local health departments would be required to report the names and addresses of persons infected with HIV - the AIDS virus - to the Utah Department of Health. The bill also requires the health department to conduct tracing to warn people who may have been exposed to the disease by an infected person.The bill, which allows for the state's only anonymous testing program to continue, was amended slightly. If information gathered shows that the anonymous testing is not resulting in partner notification, the health department will phase out that program.
The second bill would require mandatory AIDS testing for all inmates of the Utah State Prison, plus segregation of those who have the disease. Both bills were sponsored by Sen. Winn Richards, D-Ogden.