Section 22-11A-17

Testing of correctional facility inmates for sexually transmitted diseases; treatment; discharge of infectious inmates; victim may request results of HIV testing.

(a) All persons sentenced to confinement or imprisonment in any city or county jail or any state correctional facility for 30 or more consecutive days shall be tested for those sexually transmitted diseases designated by the State Board of Health, upon entering the facility, and any inmate so confined for more than 90 days shall be examined for those sexually transmitted diseases 30 days before release. The results of any positive or reactive tests shall be reported as provided in Section 22-11A-14. Additionally, the results of any positive or negative test for HIV of a sexual offender shall be provided to the State Health Officer or his or her designee as provided in Section 22-11A-14. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to require the testing of any person held in a city or county jail awaiting removal to a state correctional facility.

(b) The authorities of any state, county or city facility shall provide for treatment of any inmate diagnosed with a treatable sexually transmitted disease and not otherwise financially able to pay for such treatment. In the case of a discharge inmate who is infectious, a written notice shall be submitted to the State Health Officer or to the county health officer of the locality to which the prisoner is returned, setting forth the necessary facts and a record of the treatment administered while in custody.

(c) At the request of the victim of a sexual offense (as defined in Section 13A-6-60, et seq.), the State Health Department shall release the results of any tests on the defendant convicted of such sexual offense, for the presence of etiologic agent for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS or HIV) to the victim of such sexual offense. The State Health Department shall also provide the victim of such sexual offense counsel regarding AIDS disease, AIDS testing, in accordance with applicable law and referral for appropriate health care and support services.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-574, p. 904, §17; Acts 1990, No. 90-629, §3; Acts 1993, No. 93-723, p. 1424, §1.)