skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 152566 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Court-Ordered HIV Testing of Sexual Offenders: Colorado's Senate Bill 8
Journal: Prosecutor  Volume:28  Issue:6  Dated:(November-December 1994)  Pages:16-22
Author(s): L M Lee; B Dahan; M Billetter
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In 1988, the Colorado State Senate passed Bill number 8, mandating HIV testing of persons charged with and bound over for trial for penetrative sexual assault, allowing the victims access to the test results.
Abstract: Of the 221 HIV tests ordered under the bill between January 1992 and May 1994, seven (3.2 percent) were positive; all the victims were notified, and so far, none have tested HIV-positive as a result of the sexual assault. Despite its good intentions, the passage of the legislation raised many ethical, logistical, and procedural questions. This article discusses the role of the State Department of Public Health and Environment, the testing process, and program results. To minimize the quandaries related to the testing program, Colorado has implemented a cooperative, centrally administered program that reduces revictimization and breaches of confidentiality, lowers the cost of testing, and relieves the court of medical duties. To quantify the risk of HIV infection from sexual assault, future work should include well-sampled HIV prevalence studies of sexual assault offenders. 30 notes
Main Term(s): Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Colorado; HIV antibody test; Legislative impact; Sex offenders; Victims of Crime
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=152566

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.