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COM-010: HIV Screening, Testing and Partner Notification

HIV Screening, Testing and Partner Notification: The Wisconsin Medical Society:

  • Supports Partner Services programs that include the notification and education of individuals at risk of HIV infection regarding HIV risk behaviors, effective prevention strategies, the importance of and access to HIV testing services, and treatment options for those infected.
  • Encourages physicians to talk with HIV-infected patients about the importance of meeting with Partner Services staff at local health departments to gain assistance in ways to confidentially notify sexual partners and partners who inject drugs of their risk for HIV infection.
  • Encourages physicians to provide culturally and age-appropriate education about effective ways to prevent HIV infection, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication in combination with other prevention methods.
  • Supports the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation that all persons between the ages of 15 and 65 and persons younger than 15 years and older than 65 years who are at increased risk be screened for HIV. Clinicians should consider HIV risk factors among individual patients, especially intravenous drug users or those with new sexual partners. However, clinicians should bear in mind that patients may be reluctant to disclose having HIV risk factors, even when asked.
  • Supports continued efforts to move the State toward routine HIV testing or an opt-out approach, which shifts the burden from those who would choose to undergo testing to those who would refuse. (HOD, 0416)