On Sept. 5, 2011, Act 59 went into effect, updating current state laws to be more consistent with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new law allows physicians to offer opt-out HIV testing when a patient is informed that they will be tested for HIV. The law requires physicians to document the provision for informed consent and whether the patient declined the HIV testing. The new law also outlines post-test counseling requirements in the event of a positive test result.
This seminar is presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center and discusses the implications of Act 59 and how to comply with the new requirements in a healthcare setting.
Recorded during a live webcast in February 2012.
Timothy Friel, MD, AIDS Activities Office, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown
Jesse Milan, Jr., JD, Community Health Systems Altarum Institute, Washington, DC
Kenneth McGarvey, Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, Division of AIDS/HIV Prevention Section, Harrisburg
David Korman, Self, Pittsburgh