Synopsis As Introduced Creates the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act. Provides that every health care provider in this State that provides prenatal care or labor or delivery services to a pregnant woman must ensure that the woman is provided with HIV counseling and is offered HIV testing. Requires that the counseling be provided and the testing be offered as early in the woman's pregnancy as possible. Sets forth required components of the counseling. Provides that the counseling and testing, and offers of testing, must be in accordance with the standards set forth in the AIDS Confidentiality Act. Effective immediately.
Senate Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything but the short title provision of the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act. Provides that all pregnant women must be informed of the routes of HIV transmission.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Creates the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act. Provides that every health care professional who provides health care services to a pregnant woman shall provide HIV counseling and offer HIV testing. Provides that every health care professional or facility that cares for a pregnant woman during labor or delivery shall provide HIV counseling and offer HIV testing. Provides that no counseling or offer of testing is required if already provided during the woman's pregnancy. Provides that every health care professional or facility caring for a newborn infant shall, upon delivery or within 48 hours after the infant's birth, provide counseling to the parent or guardian of the infant and perform HIV testing, when the HIV status of the infant's mother is unknown, if the parent or guardian does not refuse. Requires the Department of Public Health to adopt rules to implement the Act. Effective immediately.