Bill calling for inmate HIV testing passes full House

Legislative Session 2015: May 14 - Noon coverage

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bill to provide HIV testing for inmates leaving prison passed the House floor Thursday morning.

HB 191, which was authored by state Rep. Kenny Cox, D-Natchitoches, won approval with a vote of 93-0. It next heads to the Senate for discussion.

Cox wants prisoners to be tested before being released in hopes of protecting the community from what he calls an epidemic.

Cox says Louisiana has the fourth highest number of men and women living with AIDS in the nation. He is proposing free testing for anyone before parole.

The kits for those tests would by paid for by the Office of Public Health.

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