House member calls for inmates to be tested for HIV before going on parole

One member of the House is specifically calling for inmates to be tested for HIV before going on parole.

The bill passed a committee room today. Its author, Representative Kenny Cox says Louisiana has the fourth highest number of men and women living with aids in the nation. He’s proposing free testing for anyone before parole. The kits for those tests would be paid for by the Office of Public Health. Cox says this is an effort to stop the disease from spreading unknowingly to the inmates and people they come in contact with. It’s important to note, this testing is not mandatory for parolees.

An inmate can say no if they want, but a doctor joining Representative Cox says that’s unlikely.

That doctor also says that in 9 state prisons, about 3 percent of inmates are HIV positive.

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