November 29, 2012 -- A new set of draft recommendations would make HIV tests as routine as blood sugar screenings or cholesterol tests – at least in theory. Earlier this month, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released draft recommendations that HIV testing become routine for everyone between the ages of 15 and 65 – regardless of whether they are considered high risk for infection.
February 22, 2012—Both the House and Senate have unanimously passed a bill that will make HIV testing a part of routine blood work and other lab tests performed by a physician or hospital.
That change is expected to reduce the social stigma associated with HIV, transmission of the disease, as well as increase the number of people who are tested, according to legislators, providers and advocates of those living with HIV.
January 30, 2012 -- New HIV screening rules coming before the February session represent a complete turnaround in the strategy of advocates for people suffering from the 30-year-old virus causing immune system deficiency.
To protect HIV patients from discrimination, state lawmakers in the 1990s passed a series of laws that now require special forms for consenting to an HIV test and extra layers of bureaucracy for transferring HIV-related patient data. Under proposed legislation, patients would no longer have to give specific informed consent for an HIV test.