British Columbia's Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act to allow court-ordered HIV testing of anyone who exposes their "bodily substance" to first responders

The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act was passed on May 31, 2012 and will come into play March 2, 2013. The new regulation sets out the legal and procedural details that support the act, including adding victims of crime to those who can apply for a testing order.

First responders are pleased that in just a month, they’ll have more peace of mind about being exposed to open wounds and needles on the job. In the past victim’s haven’t had to give a blood sample, but now paramedics and firefighters can get a court order. Before this, first responders would often go months wondering if they had contracted a disease like HIV or Hepatitis.