A bill that would make steroids a controlled substance and prohibit Utah doctors from prescribing them to athletes for body enhancement was passed out favorably Thursday by the Senate Health Standing Committee.

SB120, sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Carling and Kay S. Cornaby, both R-Salt Lake, has been endorsed by the Utah Medical Association. Use of steroids for specific medical purposes would continue even if the bill passes.The committee also approved HB6, "Confidentiality of Communicable Disease Information," a bill designed to strengthen laws protecting the privacy of AIDS patients. The bill, which has passed the House, now goes before the full Senate.