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September 2, 2011

Inaccurate HIV Consent Forms in Indiana

Some Indiana counties are using consent and acknowledgement forms for those who test HIV positive that are medically and legally inaccurate, The Michigan Messenger reports. The forms tell people who test positive for HIV or hepatitis B that their legal responsibilities fall under the “Duty to Warn” state law. But there is no official state form; instead, they vary from county to county. Advocates are criticizing at least one form. Among other things, they say, it goes too far for insisting that mutual masturbation without disclosing your HIV status is prohibited, an act that advocates argue is not outlawed. Advocates are also concerned language on this particular form may violate reproductive rights and that it has no statement of confidentiality.

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