2009 California Penal Code - Section 7520-7523 :: Chapter 3. Notification RequirementPENAL CODE
7520. Upon the release of an inmate from a correctional institution, a medical representative of the institution shall notify the inmate's parole or probation officer, where it is the case, that the inmate has tested positive for infection with HIV, or has been diagnosed as having AIDS or hepatitis B and C. The representative of the correctional institution shall obtain the latest available medical information concerning any precautions which should be taken under the circumstances, and shall convey that information to the parole or probation officer. When a parole or probation officer learns from responsible medical authorities that a parolee or probationer under his or her jurisdiction has AIDS or has tested positive for HIV infection, or hepatitis B or C, the parole or probation officer shall be responsible for ensuring that the parolee or probationer contacts the county health department in order to be, or through his or her own physician and surgeon is, made aware of counseling and treatment for AIDS or hepatitis B or C, as appropriate commensurate with that available to the general population of that county. 7521. (a) When a parole or probation officer learns from responsible medical authorities that a parolee or probationer in his or her custody has any of the conditions listed in Section 7520, but that the parolee or probationer has not properly informed his or her spouse, the officer may ensure that this information is relayed to the spouse only through either the chief medical officer of the institution from which the person was released or the physician and surgeon treating the spouse or the parolee or probationer. The parole or probation officer shall seek to ensure that proper counseling accompanies release of this information to the spouse, through the person providing the information to the inmate's spouse. (b) If a parole or probation officer has received information from appropriate medical authorities that one of his or her parolees or probationers is HIV infected or has AIDS or hepatitis B or C, and the parolee or probationer has a record of assault on a peace officer, and the officer seeks the aid of local law enforcement officers to apprehend or take into custody the parolee or probationer, he or she shall inform the officers assisting him or her in apprehending or taking into custody the parolee or probationer, of the person's condition, to aid them in protecting themselves from contracting AIDS or hepatitis B or C. (c) Local law enforcement officers receiving information pursuant to this subdivision shall maintain confidentiality of information received pursuant to subdivision (b). Willful use or disclosure of this information is a misdemeanor. Parole or probation officers who willfully or negligently disclose information about AIDS or hepatitis B or C infection, other than as prescribed under this title or any other provision of law, shall also be guilty of a misdemeanor. 7522. (a) Supervisory and medical personnel in correctional institutions shall notify all law enforcement employees when those employees have had direct contact with the bodily fluids of inmates or persons charged or in custody who either have tested positive for infection with HIV, or been diagnosed as having AIDS or hepatitis B or C. (b) Supervisory and medical personnel at correctional institutions shall provide to employees covered by this section the latest medical information regarding precautions to be taken under the circumstances, and shall furnish proper protective clothing and other necessary protective devices or equipment, and instruct staff on the applicability of this title. (c) The law enforcement employee who reported an incident pursuant to Section 7510 shall be notified of the results of any test administered to any person as a result of the reporting. 7523. Information obtained by a law enforcement employee pursuant to this chapter shall be confidential, and shall not be disclosed except as specifically authorized by this chapter. Information obtained by a member of a panel pursuant to Section 7515 or 7516 shall not be disclosed except as authorized by this title.
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