2011 California Code
Health and Safety Code
ARTICLE 6. Enforcement
Section 1621.5

CA Health & Safety Code § 1621.5 (through 2012 Leg Sess) What's This?

(a) It is a felony punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code for two, four, or six years, for any person to donate blood, body organs or other tissue, semen to any medical center or semen bank that receives semen for purposes of artificial insemination, or breast milk to any medical center or breast milk bank that receives breast milk for purposes of distribution, whether he or she is a paid or a volunteer donor, who knows that he or she has acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), as diagnosed by a physician and surgeon, or who knows that he or she has tested reactive to HIV. This section shall not apply to any person who is mentally incompetent or who self-defers his or her blood at a blood bank or plasma center pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1603.3 or who donates his or her blood for purposes of an autologous donation.

(b) In a criminal investigation for a violation of this section, no person shall disclose the results of a blood test to detect the etiologic agent of AIDS or antibodies to that agent to any officer, employee, or agent of a state or local agency or department unless the test results are disclosed as otherwise required by law pursuant to any one of the following:

(1) A search warrant issued pursuant to Section 1524 of the Penal Code.

(2) A judicial subpoena or subpoena duces tecum issued and served in compliance with Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1985) of Title 3 of Part 4 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

(3) An order of a court.

(c) For purposes of this section, blood means human whole blood and human whole blood derivatives, as defined for purposes of this chapter and includes blood components, as defined in subdivision (k) of Section 1603.1.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 15, Sec. 140. Effective April 4, 2011. Operative October 1, 2011, by Sec. 636 of Ch. 15, as amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 39, Sec. 68.)

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