Bill in Massachusetts Aims to Expand Testing for HIV
March 1, 2012
State senators are set today to debate a bill that would eliminate the requirement that patients give their consent in writing before being tested for HIV. While the bill would substitute informed verbal consent, it would maintain the requirement for obtaining the patient's written consent before any HIV-related medical information is shared with anyone other than the patient and doctors treating the patient at the same facility. The Massachusetts Medical Society, which represents 23,000 physicians, has expressed some concerns about the bill's language; the organization says HIV testing should be handled no differently than screening for any other infectious disease.
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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