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Taking the Test: What's Your Experience?

June 25, 2012



Female, Northeast U.S.

I've been mired in the U.S. immigration system for quite a long time. While applying for permanent residency (aka a greencard, which actually is once again green-ish), I've had to have several fed-mandated physicals. Prior to Jan. 4, 2010, having HIV infection made a foreign national inadmissible to the U.S., so physicals used to involve getting tested for HIV. Now, being tested for HIV so it can be used against you during the immigration process is wrong, and I'm glad it is no longer allowed. However, because it was routine, getting it done was actually OK -- there was no embarrassment or discomfort as there is when I have to be the one to ask my primary care physician to test me for STDs, including HIV. I look forward to when HIV testing will be offered by all primary care docs as part of a normal checkup.

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