February 5, 1987 |
A national hospital organization yesterday called a proposal to test all hospital patients for AIDS costly and ineffective, but the American Medical Association indicated that doctors might favor gathering the information. The federal Centers for Disease Control has scheduled meetings Feb. 24 and 25 in Atlanta to hear reaction to its proposals for expanded AIDS testing, which spokesmen have said may be necessary to prevent an epidemic of the fatal, sexually transmitted disease.
June 14, 1989 |
Despite recent research showing that the AIDS virus may be carried undetected by conventional testing for as long as three years, a more sensitive test remains a rarely-used diagnostic tool one year after its introduction. The polymerase chain reaction, or PCR test, which detects the virus using gene manipulation, hasn't achieved wider usage for four reasons, according to interviews with AIDS researchers and city officials. The PCR test is expensive and commercially available at only two facilities in the U.S. In certain cases, its results are misleading.
February 20, 1987
It isn't surprising that there are those who are protesting the testing for the AIDS virus, because no matter what new rule or regulation is ever made, such as the fairly recent mandatory use of the seat belt, there are protesters. Most of us realize, at some point, if not immediately, that rules and laws are made for our own good or safety. However, for some unexplainable reason, whether it's stubborness or simply deviance, there will be rebellious people. Many children are like that; they won't believe their parents' advice or warning that the stove will burn them or that matches can be harmful.
February 25, 1988 |
After two years of testing, SmithKline Beckman Corp. has unveiled a new blood test for AIDS antibodies that virtually eliminates false positive readings that needlessly terrorize healthy people. The test, Hivagen, was developed by SmithKline's Bio-Sciences Laboratories in King of Prussia. A rival to the widely used Western Blot assay test, which was developed by the Du Pont Co., Hivagen is expected to significantly advance AIDS screening and research and to reduce the confusion associated with AIDS testing.
July 31, 1987 |
Two leading liberal Democrats introduced $1.2 billion legislation yesterday to expand voluntary testing for AIDS and authorize $2,000 fines for disclosing results or discriminating against carriers of the virus. The proposal would encourage AIDS testing among such high-risk groups as male homosexuals and intravenous drug users by making blood screening more widely available through local health facilities. Federal spending and counseling programs for AIDS testing, now costing about $70 million, would increase to $400 million in each of the next three years.
May 3, 1987 |
Surgeon General C. Everett Koop disagrees with Education Secretary William J. Bennett's call for mandatory AIDS testing for hospital patients, immigrants, prisoners and engaged couples. Koop, testifying Friday before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health and the environment, said mandatory tests for the AIDS virus would not help contain the deadly disease and "would not be good public-health practice at this time. " He predicted that mandatory testing would cause people who risk infection to "stay away" from public health clinics, an opinion shared by most state health officials and gay rights activists.
April 22, 1987 |
A plan to screen illegal aliens for AIDS when they apply for amnesty is being considered by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Those testing positive for exposure to the deadly virus would be barred from the country, said William Zimmer, director of the INS regional processing center in Dallas. Regulations require aliens who ap ply for amnesty under the landmark immigration reform passed last year to submit to a blood test for sexually transmitted diseases, but not one for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
November 12, 1991 |
In the aftermath of Magic Johnson's announcement that he has the HIV virus, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the NBA Players Association say they will discuss the possibility of testing athletes for AIDS. The discussions will take place at the unions' next scheduled meetings, representatives of the organizations said yesterday. Although the collective-bargaining agreements for baseball and basketball will not expire until 1993 at the earliest, both unions say the agreements could easily be amended to introduce AIDS testing sooner.
February 15, 1989 |
Angered by complaints of surreptitious AIDS-virus testing without adequate counseling, Councilman Angel Ortiz said he plans to introduce an ordinance tomorrow requiring all AIDS testing to comply with federal guidelines on informed consent. In City Council committee hearings, Ortiz said he had heard "time and time again" of people having blood drawn without being told it would be tested for the AIDS virus, being told they were infected - and then being left to cope on their own with the devastating news.
October 30, 1989 |
The Supreme Court today let stand a landmark ruling that barred as unconstitutional mandatory AIDS testing for employees at state facilities for the mentally retarded. At issue was a requirement by a Nebraska state agency that the 400 workers who have close contact with the residents of such facilities be tested for AIDS and hepatitis B, fatal diseases transmitted through blood and semen. The requirement was adopted in 1987 after an employee died of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.