Canada: Director of HIV/AIDS Center in Prince Edward Island Calls for Anonymous Testing System
April 1, 2009
Prince Edward Island needs to accommodate people who want to test for HIV anonymously, says Mark Hanlon, executive director of AIDS PEI. The province is the only one in Canada that does not have anonymous screening, said Hanlon, who plans to lobby provincial authorities to fund such testing. Under an anonymous system, patients would not provide their names or other personal information.
The provincial has not received a proposal for anonymous HIV screening, but "we would take it on and look at it if a request came," said Dr. Lamont Sweet, deputy chief health officer. "It does require that a physician be responsible for requesting the test. So, if a physician wanted to apply to do that anywhere, then we would have to look at that."
03.29.2009; Summerside Journal-Pioneer
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