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Final Vote: AIDS Prevention and Information Act of 1987

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Ms. Boxer(For herself, Mr. King, Mr Blackstone, Ms. Dubois-Granger, Ms.Peterson, Mr. Tilsley) introduces with help from Mr. Kennedy the following bill;

 

A BILL

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

 

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish grant programs, and confidentiality protections, and education programs relating to counseling and testing and prevention with respect to acquired immune deficiency syndrome,

 

Section 1. AIDS Testing

(1)   Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make a grant allotment from the amounts appropriated in Section 3 of this Act for each State for each of FY 1987 through 1990.

(a)    Authorizes the Secretary to make grants to entities which are grantees under other specified provisions, have received appropriated funds as alternate blood testing sites, or are nonprofit hospitals.

(b)    Requires the allotments and grants be used only for counseling individuals with respect to AIDS and testing individuals for infection with the etiologic agent for AIDS. 

(c)    Directs the Secretary, in making the grants, to give preference to applicants in geographic areas where in FY 1987, the number of additional cases of AIDS, or in FY 1990 and subsequent fiscal years, if sufficient and accurate data are available, the number of additional cases of infection with the etiologic agent constitutes one percent or greater of such cases in the United States. 

(d)    Requires a written, signed statement of informed consent by the individual to be tested, with special provisions relating to testing through the use of a pseudonym and anonymous testing. 

(e)    Requires, on request of a victim of a crime relating to sexual assault, that the victim be notified of the results of the testing.

(f)     Prohibits the Secretary from making a grant to a State unless the State provides assurances that it will: (1) encourage individuals in the State receiving, after 1976, a transfusion of any blood product to undergo testing; and (2) inform the individuals of public health facilities in the area that offer testing. 

 

Section 2. AIDS Youth Education

(2)   The Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to make grants from the amounts appropriated in Section 3 of this Act for educating and counseling certain at-risk youths with respect to the prevention of exposure to, and the transmission of, the etiologic agent for acquired immune deficiency syndrome 

(a)   Describes the at-risk youths as those who: (1) are homeless; (2) are unemancipated minors away from home for a significant period without parental consent; (3) engage in intravenous substance abuse.

(b)   Sets forth preferences in making grants. Requires applicants to agree to: (1) provide outreach services for the youths; and (2) use educational materials and confidential counseling procedures that are appropriate for the age and cultural context of the at-risk youths and that emphasize the behavioral changes necessary to prevent exposure to, and the transmission of, the etiologic agent for AIDS, with a focus on sexual abstinence.

(c)    Permits grantees to expend the grant to train individuals to carry out the education and counseling provided for in this Act. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1987 through 1990.

 

Section 3. Appropriations

(3)    The Department of Health and Human Services are authorized to be appropriated $300,000,000 1,374,000,000 for the fiscal years 1987 through 1990. and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal year 1990.

(a)    The Secretary may make grants to the States for the purpose of providing opportunities for individuals (1) to undergo counseling and testing with respect to acquired immune deficiency syndrome with out being required to provide any information relating to the identity of the individuals; and (2) to undergo such counseling and testing through the use of a pseudonym. For grants, there are authorized to be appropriated $280,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1987 to 1990.

(b)   make grants to grants for educating and counseling certain youths concerned with acquired immune deficiency syndrome, for the development, establishment, and expansion of programs for education directed toward individuals at increased risk of infection and for such syndrome and activities to reduce the risks of exposure, for grants, there are authorized to be appropriated $178,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1987 to 1990.

 

 

 

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Bill passes 253 Ayes, 148 Nays, 32 Present, 2 Not Voting

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The bill passes the Senate on a vote of 66-34.

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