Nondonor HIV Antibody Testing in Minnesota

Keith Henry, Robert J. Brown, Herbert F. Polesky, Michael T Osterholm

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To the Editor: The roles of state and local health departments' alternative test sites and nonalternative test sites (physicians' offices, clinics, and hospitals) in screening nondonors for antibody to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, or HTLV-III/LAV) have not been evaluated. Such data are necessary to develop rational public health policies for the appropriate use and availability of HIV antibody testing. Of particular interest is the perception that screening at alternative test sites is anonymous (i.e., patients' names are requested, but services will not be denied if patients refuse to provide their names), whereas test results obtained at nonalternative test sites are….

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-582
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 28 1986


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