In Pennsylvania, a New Era for HIV Testing
September 6, 2011
State health officials are hoping a new HIV testing law will help more people learn their serostatus. Effective Sept. 6 in Pennsylvania, consent to undergo HIV testing must be documented by health care providers; a patient's signed consent is no longer required. In addition, immediate face-to-face counseling will be required only when delivering a patient's HIV-positive test results.
"I think it removes a barrier to HIV testing," Dr. Mary van den Berg Wolf, deputy director of Temple University Hospital's Comprehensive HIV Program, said of revisions to the previous, stricter testing regulations. "Once people are tested, research has shown that they tend to take measures to protect their partners, so they are more likely to use condoms."
08.02.2011; Ayana Jones
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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