California community weighs mandatory HIV testing for sex crimes

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VISALIA, California -- It's not something anyone wants to think about, but being the victim of sexual abuse carries the risk of getting a disease. Now, one California community is looking to pass a procedure that would at least make information more accessible for those who have been attacked.

An ordinance ready for vote in Tulare County mandates that anyone arrested for sexually-based offenses gets an HIV test within 48 hours, when requested by the victim.

“If someone is a victim... they want to know that kind of information, otherwise there's that fear factor,” says Steven Worthley, on the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

The program is funded by $300,000 from the Department of Justice—money that would just disappear if it's not put to use.