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October 15, 2009

Legislation Could End HIV Testing Written Consent in Massachusetts

Two pending bills in the Massachusetts Senate—proposed by Democratic senators Patricia Jehlen and Robert O’Leary—may end written consent for HIV testing in the state, EDGE Boston reports.

According to the article, the bills would require health care providers to verbally discuss HIV testing with patients, outline treatment options for those who test positive, recommend that high-risk negative patients get tested periodically and advise them of their right to refuse the test.

In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that testing become a routine part of medical care. Today, eight states—Massachusetts, Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin—still require written consent for an HIV test.

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