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HIV BILL: Changes To Transmission Legislation

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A bill modernizing HIV laws is going to Gov. Terry Branstad’s desk.

It changes the law about criminal transmission of the HIV virus. The bill expands to include other diseases, like hepatitis and tuberculosis.

It allows a tiered system in sentencing to take out a one size fits all approach to transmitting the disease.

The Senate passed the bill in February, but the House brought it up again early Thursday morning.

The group One Iowa celebrated the passing of the bill, saying the old law discouraged testing for HIV because of the penalties infected people could face for just knowing their status.