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The USPHS emphasizes that "[a]fter counseling and discussion, a pregnant woman’s informed choice . . . should be respected" and that "coercive and punitive policies are potentially counterproductive."

The National HIV/AIDS Partnership has recognized CHLP Executive Director Catherine Hanssens with a Red Ribbon Leadership Award for Policy. In a ceremony on December 1, World AIDS Day, Hanssens was among the recipients honored for superlative leadership

We are regularly adding to this set of resources, as the debate around the value of informed consent and patient-centered HIV testing laws moves to the front burners in many states. Materials you can now download include a 2006 presentation by the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation on the huge success of an expanded testing program built to include individually-tailored counseling and written proof of informed consent.

Some of the new additions include good examples of ADA employment pleadings and briefs, and recently-released research on HIV testing and informed consent (showing that targeted HIV testing with counseling and informed consent is the most cost-effective approach to increasing the number of people who know their HIV status).

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