HIV testing law made easier
Michael Wong, MD, (standing, center) an infectious disease doctor at BIDMC and a member of the AIDS Action Committee Board of Directors, joined with other leaders as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed legislation designed to easy the ability to administer HIV screen tests.
The legislation replaces the need to get a written consent.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 25,000 and 27,000 people are living with HIV or AIDS in Massachusetts and 21 percent of them are unaware they are HIV positive.
"We cannot end the AIDS epidemic in Massachusetts if those who are HIV positive are unaware of their status," AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag said in a statement. "Increasing HIV testing will help get those infected into care and treatment earlier and will result in better health outcomes and lower health care costs for those who are living with HIV."
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