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COM-002: Testing for Communicable Diseases in Prison Populations

Testing for Communicable Diseases in Prison Populations: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports testing—with due process—of prison inmates for communicable diseases, on a case-by-case basis, which should be performed on the order of the facility’s medical director or the warden upon a physician’s advice, when warranted by the specific circumstance, incident or behavior on the part of an inmate, that results in potentially significant exposure of others.

The presence of communicable diseases should not govern decisions to care for patients for whom a facility would otherwise normally provide care. (HOD, 0416)