Published in AIDS Weekly, March 1st, 1999
Under current law, the patrolman cannot legally check that suspect's HIV status - even if the U.S. Department of Health has the suspect's HIV test results on file. His only option is to start a drug regimen and wait until tests can rule out HIV.
A bill sent to the Missouri state House would make it legal for the department to release those test results to a physician if the case involves a law enforcement officer or a health care worker.
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