S.C. House lawmakers gave a key approval Thursday to eliminating the requirement that the state Department of Health and Environmental Control notify school officials when a student tests positive for HIV.
South Carolina is one of only four states that has the requirement on its books. It dates back to the early 1980s when less was known about the spread of HIV/AIDS. After one more procedural vote, the bill moves to the Senate for consideration. The bill passed 83 to 18.
If any student is bleeding at school, school officials use gloves and other health precautions to guard against blood-borne viruses, said state Rep. Joan Brady, R-Richland.
That would not change.