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J Adolesc Health. 2001 Aug;29(2):81-93.

Impact of parental consent and notification policies on the decisions of adolescents to be tested for HIV.

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  • 1National Institute of Justice, 810 7th Street, Washington, DC 20531, USA.


Restrictions have been placed on the ability of adolescents to obtain human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing independent of their parents. Although some states have given adolescents the right to consent to HIV testing independently, many states have remained silent on the issue or have compromised these rights by providing for parental consent or notification when adolescents seek testing. This article examines existing policies and explores whether policies that require adolescents to obtain parental consent, or that permit or mandate parental notification, may deter them from obtaining needed HIV testing.

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