The union representing Canada’s prison guards is lobbyingfor a new law that would compel inmates to give over blood samples when an employeeis at risk for an infectious disease, iPolitics reports. Pierre Mallette, thenational president of the Union of Canadian Officers, said inmates areincreasingly using blood, saliva, urine and feces as “weapons.” When exposureoccurs, employees are tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. Supporters of thebill said knowing the inmates’ status would ease anxiety for officers andfamilies. Advocates say compelling inmates to turn over blood samples is aninvasion of privacy.

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