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Informed Consent

Informed consent must be obtained first before an HIV antigen or antibody test can be ordered.
Informed consent must be preceded by:
  • Explanation of the test subject's right of confidentiality.
  • Notification that a positive HIV test result will be reported to county health department with enough information to possibly identify the test subject.
  • Availability and location of sites where anonymous testing is performed
Informed consent can be given by a legal guardian or other person authorized by law when the test subject is:
  • not competent,
  • incapacitated, or
  • a minor.