CHICAGO — The Illinois state House of Representatives voted 61-55-1 last week in favor of an HIV reporting law that repeals the principal notification section of the state’s Sexually Transmissible Disease Control Act, Chicago Pride, a regional LGBT media outlet, reported last week. It moves next to the state Senate.
State law mandates that health departments there notify school principals concerning students who are HIV-positive. The principal has authority to share the information with teachers and others “as may be necessary,” Chicago Pride reported. AIDS activists in Chicago say the law is unfair and unnecessary. The bill must be approved by the state Senate before its legislative session ends on May 31, Chicago Pride said.