(1010 WINS) – A new bill being floated in Albany would allow doctors to test patients for HIV without their consent.
State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, is sponsoring the bill, which has yet to be taken up by the Senate Health Committee.
The legislation would make patients responsible for reading the signs in their doctor’s office saying they may be tested for HIV, according to the New York Post.
Supporters of the bill content that many people don’t get tested because doctors don’t want to ask what is perceived as an awkward question.
“I’ve known plenty of people who didn’t get tested, but wished they had because they not only may have unknowingly passed the virus on, but their well-being suffered, too,” Hoylman told the Post.
Opponents argue it would be an invasion of privacy and that there’s no data to prove that removing consent will fix the problem.