A S.C. Senate subcommittee approved a bill today to remove the requirement that the state Department of Health and Environmental Control inform a school when one of its students tests positive for HIV/AIDS.
A version of the bill passed the Legislature in 2008 but was vetoed by then-Gov. Mark Sanford.
This year’s version still must pass the full Senate and House.
The bill's sponsor, state Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, said the requirement prevents young people from getting tested because they worry their school will be notified. Hutto also said the requirement is an outdated remnant from the 1980s, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was causing public health scares.
"A lot of states used to have this (requirement) on the books,” Hutto said. “We may be the only one who still has it."