Section 945.35, Florida Statutes 2004
945.35 Requirement for education on human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and other communicable diseases.--
(1) The Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Department of Health, shall establish a mandatory introductory and continuing education program on human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and other communicable diseases for all inmates. Programs shall be specifically designed for inmates while incarcerated and in preparation for release into the community. Consideration shall be given to cultural and other relevant differences among inmates in the development of educational materials and shall include emphasis on behavior and attitude change. The education program shall be continuously updated to reflect the latest medical information available.
(2) The Department of Corrections, in conjunction with the Department of Health, shall establish a mandatory education program on human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and other communicable diseases with an emphasis on appropriate behavior and attitude change to be offered on an annual basis to all staff in correctional facilities, including new staff.
(3) When there is evidence that an inmate, while in the custody of the department, has engaged in behavior which places the inmate at a high risk of transmitting or contracting a human immunodeficiency disorder or other communicable disease, the department may begin a testing program which is consistent with guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommendations of the Correctional Medical Authority. For purposes of this subsection, "high-risk behavior" includes:
(a) Sexual contact with any person.
(b) An altercation involving exposure to body fluids.
(c) The use of intravenous drugs.
(e) Any other activity medically known to transmit the virus.
(4) The results of such tests shall become a part of that inmate's medical file, accessible only to persons designated by agency rule.
(5) If the department has reason to believe that an inmate may have intentionally or unintentionally transmitted a communicable disease to any correctional officer or any employee of the department, or to any person lawfully present in a correctional facility who is not incarcerated there, the department shall, upon request of the affected correctional officer, employee, or other person, cause the inmate who may have transmitted the communicable disease to be promptly tested for its presence and communicate the results as soon as practicable to the person requesting the test be performed, and to the inmate tested if the inmate so requests.
(6) If the results of the test pursuant to subsection (5) indicate the presence of a communicable disease, the department shall provide appropriate access for counseling, health care, and support services to the affected correctional officer, employee, or other person, and to the inmate tested.
(7) The results of a test under subsections (5) and (6) are inadmissible against the person tested in any federal or state civil or criminal case or proceeding.
(8) The department shall promulgate rules to implement subsections (5), (6), and (7). Such rules shall require that the results of any tests are communicated only to a person requesting the test and the inmate tested. Such rules shall also provide for procedures designed to protect the privacy of a person requesting that the test be performed and the privacy of the inmate tested.
(9) The department shall establish policies consistent with guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and recommendations of the Correctional Medical Authority on the housing, physical contact, dining, recreation, and exercise hours or locations for inmates with immunodeficiency disorders as are medically indicated and consistent with the proper operation of its facilities.
(10) The department shall report to the Legislature by March 1 each year as to the implementation of this program and the participation by inmates and staff.
History.--s. 12, ch. 88-380; s. 20, ch. 97-93; s. 316, ch. 99-8; s. 4, ch. 2001-244.