Tenn. lawmaker proposes bill that would require HIV testing among prison inmates prior to release

November 19, 2015

According to Gilmore, the bill will allow former inmates to become more aware of HIV/AIDS issues and take precautionary measures, WSMV reports. She said that a recent report showed that many prison inmates return to prison within three years, adding that "this revolving door creates a culture" of HIV/AIDS that particularly affects black women. Last year, Gilmore proposed similar legislation to require HIV testing among inmates prior to release, and the bill passed in the House. However, the Senate did not take action on the bill. According to WSMV, Gilmore is waiting for a hearing on the current bill (Kumari, WSMV, 3/24).

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