Human Immunodeficiency Virus Antibody Testing
JAMA. 1988 Mar 25; 259(12): 1819-1822.
In 1987 the authors conducted a survey of practices and policies concerning human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibody testing at 189 United States hospitals with infectious disease fellowship programs and at 160 short-term care Minnesota hospitals. The survey questions pertained to HIV antibody test ordering policies, specific physician education programs about the HIV antibody test, informed consent to testing, specific HIV antibody test consent forms, and providing patients with risk reduction information. The marked differences in the handling of test results raise concerns about confidentiality. Because of significant policy differences among hospitals revealed by the survey, the authors urge that a consensus be sought that would provide guidance on the issues raised at both state and national levels. (KIE abstract)
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