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Testing for the AIDS virus could become part of routine physical exams for adults and teens if doctors follow new U.S. guidelines expected to be issued by this summer. The guidelines for voluntary testing would apply to every American ages 13 to 64.
One-quarter of the 1 million Americans with the AIDS virus don't know they are infected, and that group is most responsible for HIV's spread.
Currently, the routine testing is recommended for those at high-risk for catching the virus, such as IV drug users and gay men, and for hospitals and certain other institutions serving areas where HIV is common.
Patients wouldn't get tested every year: Repeated, annual testing would only be recommended only for those at high-risk.
There would be no consent form specifically for the HIV test; it would be covered in a clinic or hospital's standard care consent form. Patients would be allowed to decline the testing.
Standardizing HIV testing should reduce the stigma as well as transmission as nearly half of new HIV infections are discovered when doctors are trying to diagnose an illness in a patient who has come for care.


The waiver does not stigmatize HIV in my opinion. Usually, there is information about counseling provided on there and the fact that you can leave the doctor's office if you are not comfortable should you test positive. Usually, doctors hesitate to talk about the ramifications about the virus, so a simple "yes or no" is not sufficient enough. This covers for doctors who do not explain. Just saying from how doctors are here in America.