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Universal HIV test affects insurability.

One issue that I have not seen addressed in discussions of universal HIV testing is what it would do to a person's insurability ("Universal HIV Screening May Overload System," January 2007, p. 7).

Giving an honest answer to the question of whether one has even had an HIV test may make one ineligible for insurance. Undoubtedly, it would take national legislation to overcome this problem for those who test positive, many of whom are young and currently uninsured. Without a resolution to this perhaps lifelong problem, and, yes, the stated goal is to prolong life, I would recommend that if a person ever aspired to have health insurance (or life or disability insurance), he or she should opt out of the universal testing and get tested anonymously.

R. White, M.D.

Conyers, Ga.

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Author:White, R.
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
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Date:Apr 1, 2007
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