Changes in Federal Guidelines on HIV Testing
On September 22, 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its "Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing." In that document, the CDC strongly urged routine HIV screening of all persons in a health care setting. AB 682 will serve to modernize California law and enable the state to meet CDC expectations.
A study published earlier this year in the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA) "Association Between Rates of HIV Testing and
Elimination of Written Consents in San Francisco," (March 14, 2007--Vol.
297, No. 10) revealed the potential for increased HIV testing rates when
certain barriers to testing are removed. The research letter, (authored by
Jeff D. Klausner, MD, MPH and Mitchell H. Katz, MD of the San Francisco
Department of Public Health (SFPHD), and Nicola M. Zetola, MD, Barbara
Haller, MD, PhD and Patricia Nassos, PhD of the University of California,
San Francisco) examined the rate of HIV testing after the San Francisco
Department of Public Health, in May 2006, replaced written consent with
verbal consent for testing through its facilities. The results show a major
increase in the rate of HIV testing after this move to streamline the
testing process. For example, San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center
went from diagnosin
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