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Emerg Nurse. 2011 Dec;19(8):14-8.

Standardised opt-out testing for HIV.

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Homerton Hospitals NHS Trust, London. danna.millett@homerton.nhs.uk

Abstract

This article offers a literature review of the benefits of, and problems associated with, a standardised opt-out screening programme for HIV, and the attitudes of healthcare professionals and patients to its potential introduction in emergency departments. There is a lack of research on the subject in the UK and so the article relies on work undertaken in the US and on opt-out testing in antenatal services in the UK. It reviews the potential benefits of such a programme, in particular the opportunities it offers to improve public health and reduced the stigma associated with HIV, and discusses the issue of consent.

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22268343
DOI:
10.7748/en2011.12.19.8.14.c8852
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