The Fine Print Blog

by Regan Hofmann
Editor-in-Chief, POZ and

The Daily Beast
(c) 2009 RTST, Inc.

A Canadian court has handed down the world’s first murder conviction for knowingly exposing and infecting someone with the AIDS virus. But as an HIV-positive woman, I know that the man who infected me only deserves half the blame.

by Alison Mehlman
CHLP Director of Planning & Policy Research

It appears as if some physicians in New York State feel that their time and convenience should be a primary determinant of HIV testing policy. But what has happened to patient-centered care? Should the perceived inconvenience of a health care provider trump the enforcement of necessary patient protections?

by Catherine Hanssens
CHLP Executive Director

A flurry of outraged discussion has continued in the wake of the voiced objections of Colorado State Senator Dave Schultheis to a bill, SB-179, which would, among other things, require HIV testing of all pregnant women who don’t explicitly object to the testing.

by Catherine Hanssens
CHLP Executive Director

Given what we know about the near-zero risk of HIV transmission from health care worker to patient, even during so-called exposure-prone procedures, it’s past time that the nation’s public health authority acknowledges that their own guidelines are too restrictive.

by Bill Piper
Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

According to news reports, President-elect Obama is considering nominating Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN) to be the next director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) or "drug czar." That would be a mistake.


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