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May 24, 2013

Concerns Over Involuntary HIV Tests in Oregon and Washington

Kaiser Permanente Northwest has apologized to almost 6,500 members for testing their blood for HIV without their knowledge, reports. The tests occurred in the states of Washington and Oregon between April 11 and May 5. Advocates blame a new law passed last year in Oregon for the mistake. The law replaced the requirement of being verbally informed about HIV testing to only needing to be informed in writing. However, the law still requires that patients be given a chance to opt out, and it allows them to sue if not given that chance.

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Daniel Moen, Lexington KY, 2013-06-06 02:50:39
Although everyone should be told that they are giving sn HIV test, I do not believe every one should have the awarrness of an hepatitis test. It's to virilant for sll of the nurses and techs as well as our doctors.LETS GT SOME LEDGISATION GOING NOE TI POTCT THJE RIGT OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERRS BEFORE WELOSW ANYMO.........

Tom, , 2013-05-29 10:26:16
Jerry, is this a trick question? People were offended because HIV *is* different, and some people would rather allow themselves to wither away and die than be labeled HIV+.

Jerry Fisher, Sioux Falls, 2013-05-27 18:40:58
Maybe I'm missing something here or I'm just plain naive, but why would anyone be upset about being tested for HIV without being informed? People are tested for a wide range of conditions without being informed all the time so why is HIV different? Is this just another example of stigma fear? Even a few of my poz acquaintances thought that testing people without informing them was wrong. Their reasoning was if someone doesn't want to know, then they can use their ignorance as a defense.

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