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CDC: HIV Testing For All

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posted on May, 11 2006 @ 02:16 PM
New CDC guidelines for physicians are expected to be released in June/July of this year that will reccommend that HIV tests be performed as part of physicals for adults and teens. The current guidelines only reccommend such testing for those in groups at high risk of contracting HIV. Patient advocates are concerned about the lack of patient consueling and that consent to these tests wll be concealed in standard hospital consent forms with no explicit notice of the included HIV testing. The guidlines have the support of the AMA.
Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow new U.S. guidelines expected to be issued by this summer.

Federal health officials say they would like HIV testing to be as common as a cholesterol check.

The guidelines for routine testing would apply to every American ages 13 to 64, according to the proposed plan by the U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

As with most things, I am sure that the devil is the details. Not really mentioned but also of concern is the cost of this type testing on the medical system and how such data will be used by the government.

Which carries greater weight, public safety interests or privacy interests?


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