Uriel Felsen from Montefiore Health System: Mandated Offering of HIV Testing No Assurance of Consent to Test

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It has been more than 5 years since New York State mandated that HIV tests be offered to patients between the ages of 13 and 64 be offered HIV tests in hospital emergency settings. Despite this offer many are refusing to be tested for a variety of reasons.

It has been more than 5 years since New York State mandated that HIV tests be offered to patients between the ages of 13 and 64 be offered HIV tests in hospital emergency settings. Despite this offer many are refusing to be tested for a variety of reasons.

Uriel R. Felsen, MD, from Montefiore Health System discussed how the mandate has been implemented and what it could mean for patient care overall during a recent interview with MD Magazine. Felsen said the law was passed after a revision of previous recommendations that have been in use elsewhere for nearly a decade. Felsen said the goal was to not target specific at risk patient populations but rather to make testing available to all patients.