Should signed consent be required for an HIV test as part of routine blood work?

Should signed consent be required for an HIV test as part of routine blood work?

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Andrew Fisher
student | Washington Square West
“It couldn’t hurt to have the signature but I wouldn’t make it a requirement. People should know their HIV status. And their doctors should know, too. The HIV test should be considered routine, just like other medical tests.”
  

Vasili Mantsos
student | Washington Square West
“Yes. If a person doesn’t want the test, they shouldn’t be forced to have it. It’s a personal choice. The signature is a buffer to prevent a person from being coerced into having the test.”
 

Joshua Pearson
multi-media designer | South Philadelphia
“No. HIV should be treated like any other disease. Why make it the exception? I don’t think it should be minimized at all, but it shouldn’t have special protections in place.”
 


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