Free HIV Consent Forms (Informed) – PDF | Word

Patient confidentiality is essential when doing any type of medical test. There are some tests, such as an HIV test, which involves positive results being sent to the Department of Health along with your identity. For this reason, before administering the test, a practitioner needs to get consent from the patient. This is done using an Informed Consent Form.

What is HIV?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is a virus. It attacks the body’s immune system and, if left untreated, leaves a person unable to fight off diseases and infections that are life-threatening. It can be treated with antiretrovirals.

What is an HIV test?

The test is given to detect HIV’s presence in the body. This is done by testing saliva, urine, or blood.

Informed consent for the test means that a medical practitioner has sat down with the patient and explained why the test is needed, possible risks, what the implications are of a positive result, and what treatments can be made available. It informs the patient that a positive effect will need to be passed on, along with their details, to the Department of Health.

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    HIV Test Informed Consent Form

    This is a form that the patient signs of permitting a medical professional to perform the HIV antibody test. The form goes over how contagious the virus can be and who will need to be notified if a positive result is given. The form is also proof that the patient was aware of having the illness should they spread the virus without telling others. It can be useful should the patient not go back for their results. These are then sent on to the Department of Public Health’s Partner Services, who then attempt to contact the patient for up to 36 months.

    You can download one of our free templates and samples to get an idea of what should be on this type of form.

    Who Receives HIV Results?

    While test results are private, some people legally have a right to see the results of an HIV test:

    • Anyone you have given written consent to receive your test results
    • Healthcare facilities that are providing care to you, such as hospitals, labs, and blood banks.
    • Any health care providers giving you care, such as doctors and nurses
    • Organizations or committees that do record reviews in a health facility to monitor the care being given
    • Government programs, such as Medicaid and insurance companies
    • Anyone who is given a court order giving them the right to see your results
    • State institutions where employees need to be notified, such as a state mental hospital or correctional facility
    • Healthcare workers or anyone who will be exposed to your blood
    • A medical examiner
    • Public health officers should the law permit it

    There are circumstances where consent is not a requirement for testing for HIV. This would be in a life-threatening situation, where a person is damaged, and a legal guardian or another individual cannot be located to get permission.

    Law and HIV

    It is required, in all 50 states, that healthcare providers report anyone who has tested positive for HIV to the State Health Department. It is considered a reportable disease that the government closely monitors so that they are aware of any outbreaks. In the United States, 45 states have specific laws regarding someone who is HIV positive, not telling sexual partners, those they exchange needles with, or organizations where blood, organs, or semen are donated.

    By not disclosing the disease, you can be prosecuted for what is known as criminal transmission. Some states will imprison an individual for up to 25 years.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can a doctor conduct a test without consent?

    No. A doctor can only perform a test if you give consent for them to do so. This is the law in all 50 states. Only certain situations will allow for a test to be done without permission, such as when a person is not competent to make medical decisions. In most cases, a legal guardian would need to give permission.

    Can an employer request an HIV test?

    This would depend on the job itself. For the most part, people are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which means an employer can not make a medical exam a requirement, nor can they inquire about a person’s disability. The only exception is when an employer feels there is a reasonable belief that the medical condition of a person can be a direct threat to others, such as in healthcare.

    About This Article

    Joshua Slade
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    Joshua Slade is a seasoned attorney specializing in business law and contract management. With a foundational experience in interpreting and drafting legal documents, Joshua has been instrumental in establishing business entities and ensuring their adherence to prevalent laws, particularly in the healthcare sector. Transitioning from personal injury defense, he now predominantly serves as a general counsel to diverse businesses. His expertise encompasses a broad spectrum, from Formation Documents and Operating Agreements to specialized contracts like SAAS, TOS, and Non-Disclosure Agreements. Joshua's commitment to precision and compliance positions him as a trusted legal advisor for businesses aiming for seamless operation.

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