The Importance of Informed Consent and Counseling In HIV Testing
"In September 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published updated guidelines on voluntary HIV testing in health care settings. The CDC now recommends that medical providers offer all persons ages 13 to 64 voluntary HIV testing without risk assessments as a routine part of medical care. We agree that increasing access to testing and care is a critically important goal. Far too many people do not know their HIV status, and we support efforts to help people living with undiagnosed HIV learn their status and gain access to necessary care and support services...."