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      CCRP 222     


Art. 222. Blood and saliva testing; expedited, nonincriminating procedure

            A. Any person who commits any act which exposes a law enforcement officer to a serious infectious disease by any means resulting in contact with the officer during the course and scope of an arrest or through the investigation and handling of evidence related to the arrest for any offense shall be required to submit within seventy-two hours of the exposure to a test designed to determine whether he is infected with a sexually transmitted disease, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), HIV-1 antibodies, any other probable causative agent of AIDS, viral hepatitis, or any other serious infectious disease.

            B. Any law enforcement officer who believes he has been the victim of an act which has exposed him to a serious infectious disease as provided in Paragraph A of this Article shall notify by affidavit, subject to penalty for false swearing, the criminal district court that the exposure has occurred. The court may order the testing, as provided in this Article.

            C. The court shall include in its order the designation of an appropriate facility for the procedure and shall require that the result be reported to the court. The court shall provide the results to the law enforcement officer and the alleged offender and shall provide them to health authorities in accordance with law.

            D. The state shall not use the fact that the medical procedure or test was performed on the alleged offender under this Article, or the results thereof, in any criminal proceeding arising out of the alleged offense.

            E. For purposes of this Article:

            (1) "Act" means spitting, biting, or scratching; the throwing of blood or other bodily substances by any means; and any other method of intentional or non-intentional exposure to blood or other bodily substances.

            (2) "Law enforcement officer" means a commissioned police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, marshal, deputy marshal, correctional officer, constable, wildlife enforcement agent, probation and parole officer, or any officer of the court. "Law enforcement officer" includes a civilian employee of the Louisiana State Police Crime Laboratory or any other forensic laboratory while engaged in the performance of the employee's lawful duties. "Law enforcement officer" also includes any licensed emergency medical services practitioner as defined by R.S. 40:1131 and any firefighter regularly employed by a fire department of any municipality, parish, or fire protection district of the state or any volunteer firefighter of the state.

            F. The costs associated with testing as authorized by this Article shall be paid by the offender.

            G. If the person tested under the provisions of this Article tests positive for a sexually transmitted disease, AIDS, HIV, HIV-1 antibodies, any other probable causative agent of AIDS, viral hepatitis, or any other serious infectious disease, the court shall inform that person of available counseling, healthcare, and support services.

            Acts 1999, No. 1247, §1; Acts 2018, No. 118, §1.

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