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House OKs Prison-HIV Test Bill

October 22, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal inmates whose bodily fluids come into contact with corrections officers would have to be tested for the AIDS virus under a bill the House passed without dissent on its final day of business Wednesday and sent to the White House.

The measure cleared the Senate by voice vote a day earlier, and President Clinton was expected to sign it.

The bill also would require testing of ``high-risk″ federal inmates.

Results would be released to the facility’s administrator and the inmate who was tested.

The sponsor, retiring Rep. Gerald Solomon, R-N.Y., said such a law will provide ``much-needed peace of mind″ for corrections and other officers who work with prisoners.

``Potential exposure to the deadly HIV virus is a truly serious matter that should not ride on the consciences of our correctional and law enforcement officers and their families,″ he said.

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The bill is H.R. 2070.

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