Trotter’s plan to expand HIV testing becomes law

trotter 032017SPRINGFIELD – Legislation to expand the HIV testing of pregnant women was signed into law today.

Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, is one of the sponsors of the legislation that amends the Perinatal HIV Prevention Act to expand HIV testing in at-risk pregnant women.

“This is a necessary step forward to help prevent the spreading of disease, especially in some of our poorest communities. Testing pregnant mothers in the last trimester, instead of just in the first, will help lower the chance of transmission to babies,” Trotter said.

House Bill 2800 adds third trimester HIV testing in addition to the current first trimester HIV testing.

The legislation is effective immediately.

Senator Donne E. Trotter

17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–2018 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.