Parents will no longer be required to tell school officials if their child tests positive for HIV. State rep LaShawn Ford says the requirement wasn’t just violating people’s privacy, it was also keeping some from getting tested.
Ford says the new law means all students will be treated as if they could be HIV-positive when there’s a situation that involves blood at school. Illinois is the 7th leading state in the nation when it comes to new HIV and AIDS cases and just over 18-hundred-50 people between the ages of 13 and 19 have been diagnosed. State officials say there are probably many more that have the virus but they haven’t been tested and don’t know they’re infected.