Here is a disturbing story out of New York City (home of the “super AIDS virus”).
New AIDS Shock in NYC — 365gay.com
New York City’s health department Wednesday acknowledged that an estimated 45,000 residents are HIV-positive but do not know it. The figure raises the official count of PWAs by 50 percent. New York already has 88,000 people living with HIV/AIDS.
Last week I commented on a opinion survey showing that a majority of physicians and the general public supported mandatory HIV testing. I said I was very torn about this.
However, stories like this one really get me wondering if mandatory HIV testing might be the only way to help stop the spread. I am obviously very concerned about privacy, discrimination issues, and unfortunate mistakes like the one in West Palm Beach, FL. But at some point, the benefit/risk test must be applied for society as a whole and those who are unaware they are infected.
My biggest concern about mandatory testing is the fact that our healthcare system is not adequately prepared to deal with the privacy safeguards and counseling that would be needed.
But I do have to tell you, I’m leaning toward supporting mandatory HIV testing. We should have cracked this disease through other means many years ago.