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Law Would Allow Access To Medical Records In Criminal HIV Cases

June 16, 2012

In Our Words

by: Brynn Cassie West

Note: This piece was originally featured on the Chicago Phoenix and was reposted with permission. You can find the original here.

The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill late last month that if signed, will amend the state’s AIDS Confidentiality Act, allowing courts access to medical records in pursuit of criminal prosecution. The legislation significantly revises the language around the criminal transmission of HIV.

SB3673, introduced by Sen. Dale A. Righter (R-Mattoon) and sponsored in the House by Rep. Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) in early February, was met by controversy throughout its shaping in Springfield. Despite unanimous votes in both the House and the Senate last month, support is relative even among those involved in the language of the bill.

“We made a bad bill better,” said Mary Dixon of the ACLU of Illinois, one of the coalition organizations involved in the amendment along with…

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