Mustio’s Mandatory HIV Testing for Sex Offenders Act Awaits Governor’s Signature
HARRISBURG—Rep. Mark Mustio’s (R-Allegheny) HIV-Related Testing for Sexual Offenders Act was unanimously approved by the state Senate today and now advances to the governor for signature.
House Bill 1794 will give the option to a victim to require a defendant being detained for trial on sexual assault charges to be tested for the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) within 48 hours, and that victims of sexual assault receive rapid notification if they have been exposed to HIV.
“To adequately care for and promptly treat victims of sexual assault, Pennsylvania needs this legislation,” said Mustio. “With hundreds of thousands of dollars in guaranteed federal funding at stake, it is absolutely senseless not to enact House Bill 1794.”
House Bill 1794 contains all mandatory provisions required for Pennsylvania to qualify for 100 percent of available funding under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for the first time since 2006.
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State Representative Mark Mustio
44th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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