West Virginia County Passes Resolution to Drop Written Consent Requirements for HIV Tests
January 29, 2009
The Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health in West Virginia on Tuesday approved a resolution requesting that state legislators repeal a law requiring written consent prior to HIV tests, the Intelligencer Wheeling News-Register reports. The resolution states that the written consent "requirement for HIV testing has been found to be a barrier to HIV diagnosis interfering with the prevention of the spread of HIV." The board's appeal to the state legislature is in response to recommendations released by CDC in 2006 that HIV testing become a routine part of medical care for people ages 13 to 64 and that requirements for written consent be dropped.
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