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emergency room testing
Apr 12, 1999

About 3 months ago I went to the emergency room for uncontrollable bleeding from my uterus. My question is, do hospitals take an HIV test without your consent for there own protection. The reason I ask is they took 5 tubes of blood and I never knew what it was for.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

In most hospitals, a consent is required for HIV testing. Given your circumstance, I could easily see 5 tubes being drawn for a blood count, blood chemistries, and type and cross match for transfusion. I would go to the hospital and request your records, from which you can see all the tests they did. Mh



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