HIV or hepatitis B or C viruses; exposure to bodily fluids, infection, hearing on petition. (HB1998)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) with support from co-patron Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Exposure to bodily fluids; infection with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis B or C viruses; expedited testing. Requires a general district court to hold a hearing within 48 hours of a petition being filed seeking to compel collection of a blood specimen for testing for human immunodeficiency virus or the hepatitis B or C viruses when exposure to bodily fluids occurs between a person and any health care provider, person employed by or under the direction and control of a health care provider, law-enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical services personnel, person employed by a public safety agency, or school board employee and the person whose blood specimen is sought refuses to consent to providing such specimen. The bill directs the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia to publish a petition form for such filing. If the court is closed during the 48-hour time period, the petition shall be heard on the next day that the court is in session. The bill allows a testing order to be issued based on a finding that there is probable cause to believe that exposure has occurred. Any person who is the subject of such order may appeal to the circuit court of the same jurisdiction within 10 days of receiving notice of the order. The bill specifies that no specimen obtained as a result of a testing order shall be tested for any purpose other than for the purpose provided for in the bill, nor shall the specimen or the results of such testing be used for any purpose in any criminal matter or investigation. Any violation shall constitute reversible error in any criminal case in which the specimen or results were used. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102574D
01/07/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/14/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/21/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2019Committee substitute printed 19104845D-H1
01/23/2019Read first time
01/24/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1998H1)
01/24/2019Read second time
01/24/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19104845D-H1
01/24/2019Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1998H1
01/25/2019Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/25/2019VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2019Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Read third time
02/04/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/04/2019Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Passed by for the day
02/07/2019Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 1-N)
02/07/2019VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2019Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1998ER)
02/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1998ER)
02/11/2019Signed by Speaker
02/11/2019Signed by President
02/12/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 18, 2019
02/12/2019Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 12, 2019
02/12/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 19, 2019
02/15/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 27 (effective 7/1/19)
02/15/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0027)