HIV Testing

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ANA Position Statement - Approved 9/6/91

The American Nurses Association (ANA) opposes perpetuation of the myth that mandatory testing and mandatory disclosure of HIV status of patients and/or nurses is a method to prevent the transmission of HIV disease, and therefore does not advocate mandatory testing or mandatory disclosure of HIV status. ANA supports the availability of voluntary anonymous or confidential HIV testing which is conducted with informed consent and pre- and post-test counseling. ANA continues to support education regarding the transmission of HIV/AIDS and the use and monitoring of universal precautions to prevent HIV/AIDS transmission.

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