Consent Issues

Do you need a separate consent form? These resources help sites determine what is required for consent and what protocol is best for each particular site. The resources address legal issues regarding consent and opt-out forms, as well as provide examples of these forms that are used at other sites. The fact sheet below offers an excellent overview.

Consent Issues

Downloadable Resources
(Please right-click to download each resource.)

  1. Illinois HIV Testing Law for Clinicians (ACLU, AFC, ALCC, PACPI, 2008)
    This fact sheet highlights the important issues of consent, documentation and legal requirements for testing in compliance with the 2008 changes in the Illinois law. It is very important to read and understand this document before testing.
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  2. Illinois AIDS Confidentiality Act (ALCC, 2008)
    In 1984, ACLU staff served on an Illinois’ AIDS Interdisciplinary Council and acted as a primary author of the original Illinois AIDS Confidentiality Act, the first law in the country to expressly protect the rights of individuals with HIV. It has evolved over the years to this current version which continues to protect the rights of people living with HIV, and incorporates current CDC HIV testing guidelines.
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  3. Health Center Model (NACHC, 2009)
    This document provides a model for how a community health center (CHC) can design a process where everyone 13 to 64 years of age is screened for HIV as a routine part of medical care. The tools and resources referenced were developed, tested, and successfully used by six community health centers participating in a Routine HIV Screening pilot supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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  4. Revised Recommendations (CDC 2007)
    See especially questions 16, 19 & 26. This document provides general background and recommendations about HIV testing. “In summary, implementing these recommendations will allow people to know their HIV status, get into treatment earlier, and prevent new infections.”
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  5. Informed Consent (CDPH, 2006)
    Sample document.
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  6. Informed Consent (MATEC, 2012)
    Sample document.
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  7. Opt-Out (PATEC, 2009)
    Sample document.
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