2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:739 - Inmate blood and saliva testing

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:739 (2018)

§739. Inmate blood and saliva testing

A.(1) Any incarcerated prisoner, whether before trial, during trial, pending appeal, or after final conviction, who is housed in any jail, prison, correctional facility, juvenile institution, temporary holding center, or detention facility within the state and who bites another person; spits or throws feces, urine, blood, saliva, or any other form of human waste or bodily fluid directly on another person; or causes, through contact, bleeding or exposure of flesh of another person in such a manner that the contact may cause the other person to contract an infectious disease, shall submit to a test designed to determine whether the incarcerated prisoner is infected with a sexually transmitted disease, or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HIV-1 antibodies, or any other probable causative agent of AIDS, viral hepatitis, or other infectious disease. Each incarcerated prisoner who is involved in an incident shall be deemed to be an offender and shall be subject to testing.

(2) The procedure or test shall be performed by a qualified physician or other qualified person who shall report any positive result to the chief administrator of the jail or correctional facility, if the offender is incarcerated, and shall also notify the offender, regardless of the results. If the offender is incarcerated, the test may be administered at the place of incarceration or the offender may be transferred to an appropriate testing facility and returned to incarceration following the testing procedure.

B.(1) If the offender tested under the provisions of Subsection A tests positive for a sexually transmitted disease, or AIDS, HIV, HIV-1 antibodies, or any other probable causative agent of AIDS, viral hepatitis, or other infectious disease, upon request, he shall be provided with the following services:

(a) Counseling regarding HIV, viral hepatitis, or other infectious disease.

(b) Referral to appropriate health care and support services.

(2) These services shall be provided in accordance with applicable state law and the regulations governing the specific programs under which the services are to be provided.

(3) The costs associated with this testing shall be paid by the offender.

C. Any person who is involved in or witnesses an incident provided for in Subsection A of this Section may notify by affidavit the chief administrator of the jail or correctional facility that an incident provided for in Subsection A of this Section has occurred and the administrator shall order the testing, as provided in this Section, of each incarcerated prisoner who was involved in the incident.

Acts 1997, No. 1399, §1; Acts 2010, No. 110, §1.

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