Rape Suspects In NY Can Be Forced To Take HIV Tests

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer signed a bill today that will require suspects of rape to undergo HIV testing, at the victim’s request. Results would be available to both the victim and the suspect.

Most states already allow – some even require – HIV testing of rape suspects, though these tests are for the most part available only after conviction. Gov. Spitzer justified the NY initiative by saying, “Victims of sexual assault have a right to information that impacts their health, ability to receive timely treatment and peace of mind. This law provides greater support to victims by making available critical health related information, treatment and counseling.”

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