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1. If testing is ordered by a court under section 23-07.7-01, only a health care provider, blood bank, blood center, or plasma center may obtain a specimen of bodily fluids or tissues for the purpose of testing.
2. The court shall order that the specimen be transmitted to a licensed medical laboratory and that tests be conducted for medically accepted indications of exposure to or infection by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related conditions, and sexually transmitted diseases for which medically approved testing is readily and economically available as determined by the court.
3. The laboratory shall send a copy of the test results to the physicians designated in the court order, who shall then release the test results to the defendant or alleged juvenile offender and each requesting victim as designated in the court order. The court order must be served on the physicians before any test. The laboratory also shall send a copy of test results that indicate exposure to or infection by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related conditions, or other sexually transmitted diseases to the state department of health.
4. Every copy of the test results must include the following disclaimer:
The testing was conducted in a medically approved manner, but tests cannot determine exposure to or infection by acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or other sexually transmitted diseases with absolute accuracy. Anyone receiving this test result should continue to monitor their own health and should consult a physician as appropriate.
5. The court shall order all persons, other than the test subject, who receive test results pursuant to section 23-07.7-01, to maintain the confidentiality of personal identifying data relating to the test results except for disclosure that may be necessary to obtain medical or psychological care or advice. A person who intentionally discloses the results of any test in violation of this subsection and thereby causes bodily or psychological harm to the subject of the test is guilty of a class C felony.
6. The specimens and the results of tests ordered pursuant to section 23-07.7-01 are not admissible evidence in any civil, criminal, or juvenile proceeding.
7. Any person who performs testing, transmits test results, or discloses information pursuant to this chapter is immune from civil liability for any action undertaken in accordance with this chapter, except for an act or omission that constitutes gross negligence.
8. The county in which the alleged violation of chapter 12.1-20 occurred shall pay for the testing. A defendant who is convicted of the offense shall reimburse the county for the costs of testing.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - North Dakota Century Code Title 23. Health and Safety § 23-07.7-02. Testing procedures--Results of test--Penalty - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nd/title-23-health-and-safety/nd-cent-code-sect-23-07-7-02/
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