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New guidance on recommended HIV testing and counselling

Tarantola, Daniel ; Gruskin, Sofia

The Lancet, 21 July 2007, Vol.370(9583), pp.202-203 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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    New guidance on recommended HIV testing and counselling
  • Author: Tarantola, Daniel ; Gruskin, Sofia
  • Description: Concerns were raised that, unlike other tests, in view of prevailing stigma, discrimination, and risks of violence attached to an HIV-positive result in many settings, particularly for women, specific individual agreement to the test remained necessary.5,6 As the WHO/UNAIDS guidance evolved towards its now final form, despite some reference to opting-in and opting-out, liberal use of this language was dropped and replaced with ideas more reflective of sound public health, medical ethics, and human rights. In many ways, the WHO/UNAIDS document is far clearer and better anchored in evidence than the rather confusing 2006 guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to which it refers supportively several times.7 The CDC guidelines use terms inconsistently, and thereby create (deliberately or not) a wide space for doctors to do HIV tests on patients with or without express consent. Yet, several issues will require attention while this guidance is implemented, including...
  • Is Part Of: The Lancet, 21 July 2007, Vol.370(9583), pp.202-203
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0140-6736 ; E-ISSN: 1474-547X ; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61102-7
  • Subjects: Medicine
  • Language: English

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