Michigan lawmakers taking a look at antiquated HIV and AIDS laws

Michigan lawmakers taking a look at antiquated HIV and AIDS laws. (Photo: Courtney Wheaton.)

SAGINAW, MICH-- Michigan lawmakers are taking a second look at laws on the books regarding HIV and AIDS.

The House Health committee met last week to discuss a new controversial set of bills. It includes making it a misdemeanor instead of a felony to not tell a sexual partner that you carry the disease.

Another would require women in high risk populations to take the HIV test in their third trimester. The bills would also update the medications on record and the time it takes for testing since technology has improved.

"They are looking at laws that were replaced on the books in 1980's, because medical treatment has become so effective, and is lowering the amount of virus that is in the body," said Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Community Specialist, Tom Brubaker.

No votes on the legislation have been made just yet. Lawmakers are expected to revisit the conversation in Mid-June.



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