Monday, December 1, 2008 is World AIDS Day.
This is the 20th year that people who are fighting the disease on a personal level, will join with those who are fighting for more funding and awareness to eradicate this serious threat to public health.
State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) will mark the day by calling for a Statewide HIV Testing Initiative.
According to a notice from his office, Senator Ellis plans to file legislation to make HIV testing routine in accordance with the 2006 Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
2 on the Beat isn’t sure if the proposal will call for mandatory testing.
In 2006, Senator Ellis successfully co-sponsored a bill that called for mandatory HIV testing for all TDCJ inmates before they were released from prison.
We’ll have to wait and see what Senator Ellis outlines during his news conference on Monday.