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AIDS Action Committee Testifies to Protect the Privacy of People Seeking Healthcare in Massachusetts
Date:9/26/2007

exual assault survivor's recovery rather than accomplish its goal of giving pertinent information and peace of mind to survivors of sexual assault. The average amount of time from arrest to conviction in sexual assault cases is 12 to 18 months, while post exposure prophylaxis, which would be administered to someone potentially exposed to HIV, must be administered within 72 hours of the exposure at the very latest to be effective.

Also as part of the Massachusetts AIDS Policy Task Force, AAC opposes a set of proposed bills that compel HIV testing and disclosure of HIV test results in certain circumstances. The proposed bills would allow any public safety official or health care provider to compel certain individuals to submit to an HIV and hepatitis B and C test if they believe the official or provider believes that he or she has been exposed to blood or other 'bodily fluids' of certain persons in the course of their duties. The proposed bill numbers that AAC opposes in this set are H2111, H2273, H3746 and S1215.

Contact: Diego Sanchez, APR dsanchez@aac.org

617-450-1524 or 617-835-1455 or

Paul Twitchell, ptwitchell@aac.org

617-450-1215


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