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New Delaware Law Allows Pharmacy Testing for HIV

December 10, 2012

On World AIDS Day, a Walgreen pharmacy, the Delaware HIV Consortium, and other groups sponsored an HIV-testing event to publicize a new state testing law. According to Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health, the new law -- which was passed in June -- made HIV tests part of the routine battery of medical tests. The law conforms to the CDC 2006 recommendation, which suggested letting patients "opt out" of the test rather than making them request it. This was the first time that HIV testing and counseling was available at a Delaware pharmacy. Jon Reitz, the pharmacy director, said that the company would like to start regularly offering HIV testing and counseling at their stores, but there are no specific plans to do so. OraSure Technologies provided free oral testing kits for the event.

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