by Joseph Sonnabend, M.D.,
CHLP Medical Resource Specialist,
and Ashley Burczak,
CHLP Program and Development Associate
All across the country, at AIDS conferences and medical provider “summits,” and from professional organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, we hear the call for dispensing with informed consent in HIV testing to a more doctor-centered approach—“opt-out” testing—which relieves health care providers of the obligation to explain HIV and its consequences before testing patients for it.