The Impact of Parental Consent on the HIV Testing of Minors
Meehan, Thera M.
Klein, Waldo C.
American Journal of Public Health. 1997 Aug; 87(8): 1338-1341.
OBJECTIVES: This investigation assessed change in use of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing by minors after removal of the parental consent requirement in Connecticut. METHODS: HIV counseling and testing records for 13- to 17-year-olds who accessed publicly funded testing sites were analyzed. RESULTS: The number of visits increased by 44% from the 12-month period before the statutory change (n = 656) to the 12-month period thereafter (n = 965). The number of HIV tests increased twofold. Visits and tests of high-risk minors tripled. CONCLUSIONS: Minors should have the right to consent to HIV testing.
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