San Francisco Drops Pretest Counseling, Written Consent Requirements for HIV Testing; Verbal Consent Required
May 19, 2006
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the country to require only verbal consent for public clinics and hospitals to administer HIV tests, dropping the requirements for written consent and pretest counseling in hopes of making the testing process easier, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. According to Jeffrey Klausner, director of STD prevention and control for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, pretest counseling still will be provided at the city's public clinics and hospitals for those who request it. The city last year removed funding for counseling staff at public clinics and hospitals, leaving counseling to medical workers at the facilities, Klausner said (Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/18). He added that several private clinics in the city are considering similar changes to their HIV testing policies (Elias, AP/San Jose Mercury News, 5/17). The policy change follows a planned CDC proposal to revise current guidelines that require patients to sign informed-consent forms before receiving an HIV test and removing or condensing the requirements for pretest counseling (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 5/8).
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