State Law Makers File HIV Motorization Bills for Third Time


Two bills with a purpose of to modernize statues to do with HIV were filed in the state capital on Friday. The two bills that were filed were House Bill 1691 and 1692. If the bills pass they will end the use of HIV-specific language in the statutes. The two bills would replace the current language with more general communicable diseases. Friday marks the third time the bills have been filed. Bills like these are expected to be filed in the state senate sometime in the near future. Officials say Missouri and 30 other states need to update laws to reflect that HIV is a diagnosis and not a death sentence due to medical advances in treatment. Officials are also concerned with the stigma of treating HIV as a crime is holding residents back from undergoing testing. This makes the possibility greater for transmission of the illness and deaths.

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