Patients forced to have HIV tests: DA

2011-06-08 12:48

Patients at some Gauteng clinics were being told they had to have an HIV/Aids test in order to access health services, the DA in the province said today.

“According to a report in The Star, a patient with hip pain at the Hillbrow Clinic was told she had to have an HIV test. This is completely wrong and is plain intimidation,” spokesman Jack Bloom said.

“Patients should be offered an HIV test where medically indicated, but it should never be a precondition for further treatment,” he said.

The DA said the Gauteng Health Department needed to ensure all health workers were properly informed about the legal and ethical aspects of HIV testing.

The department was expected to comment later today.

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