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California to Drop Written Consent Requirement for HIV Testing

Starting Jan. 1, hundreds of changes in state law will take effect. Among these is a measure that drops California's requirement for written consent prior to an HIV test. Under the law, patients would only have to give a doctor verbal consent to add ...

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New York Legislature Approves Measure Requiring Suspects Indicted for Rape to Be Tested for HIV

The New York Legislature on Thursday approved a measure that would require suspects indicted for rape to be tested for HIV, the Buffalo News reports (Precious, Buffalo News, 6/22). The state's current law requires HIV tests after conviction of rape. ...

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Three New Assays Approved

On May 23, 2007, FDA approved the Procleix Ultrio Assay on the fully automated Procleix TIGRIS system manufactured by Gen-Probe Inc., of San Diego, California, and marketed by Chiron Corporation. This is a fully automated qualitative in vitro nucleic...

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HIV Infection Reporting

Surveillance data on HIV infections provide a more complete picture of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the need for prevention and care services than does the picture provided by AIDS data alone. Therefore, to better monitor the patterns of HIV infection d...

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Illinois: U.S. Civil Rights Leader Encourages Inmates to Get Tested for HIV

At Chicago's Cook County Jail on Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson took an HIV test and talked to inmates about the importance of knowing their HIV status. Dozens of detainees lined up to take the oral swab, rapid-result test.

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Mandatory HIV Testing Should Be Instituted for Public Health, Safety Officials Exposed to Bodily Fluids, Commentary Says

HIV testing should be mandatory in Massachusetts when public health or safety officials are exposed to a person's bodily fluids, Elissa Ely, a psychiatrist in the state, said on Monday in a commentary on NPR's "All Things Considered" (Ely, "All Thing...

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Cases of HIV-Infected Newborns Decline in New York

Eight years after New York state began requiring that mothers be notified if their infants test positive for HIV, its number of newborns with HIV has reached a record low. Between 1997 and 2002, the state Health Department reported a 78 percent decli...

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U.S. Military Mandates HIV Testing Every Two Years

Under a new Department of Defense policy implemented in late March, members of the U.S. military must be tested for HIV every two years. While the military began HIV testing of service members in the mid-1980s, military branches varied in their frequ...

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New Testing for Very Early HIV Diagnosis

The commonly used HIV antibody test does not catch a very recent HIV infection, because it takes a few weeks for the body to create enough antibodies to show in the test. Other tests can detect the virus directly, but because they are expensive and p...

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AIDS Prevention: North Carolina HIV/AIDS Screening Method Could Become National Model

A new, first-of-its-kind effort launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services may become a model for cutting HIV transmission and saving lives across the nation. Designed and tested by University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill...