Health Workers in New York State Call for Change in HIV Testing Requirements
October 20, 2008
Some New York state health care workers -- including emergency department workers, paramedics and EMTs -- are hoping to change a state law that requires written consent prior to HIV testing of patients in the event that health workers experience needle-stick injuries, the Albany Times Union reports. In cases of accidental needle pricks, New York state written consent requirements prohibit HIV testing if a patient is unconscious or deceased. Health care workers in the state often take post-exposure prophylaxis drugs in the event of possible HIV exposure, the Times Union reports. The prescribed drug regimen can cause a variety of symptoms, including headaches, gastrointestinal problems and weight loss.
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