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Arizona Public Health Association Annual Meeting
September 13, 1989

Resolution: Supporting Voluntary HIV Testing

WHEREAS: The counseling and education which accompany HIV testing present a unique opportunity to affect behavior change; and

WHEREAS: rather than testing there are more appropriate and less costly methods of educating those who are at little or no risk.

WHEREAS: in the past bills have been introduced in the Arizona Legisla­ture which do not have adequate provisions for counseling and education services; and

WHEREAS: testing in the absence of counseling and education hold minimal preventive merits.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
The Arizona Public Health Association supports:
1. voluntary HIV testing accompanied by an adequate standard of counseling and education,
2. statutory/regulatory protection of confidentiality,
3. improved access to free, confidential and anonymous testing services in rural areas of the state and under served urban neighborhoods.

Approved by the AZPHA membership at the Fall Meeting, September, 1989.

Executive Secretary
117~1989_(1) Supporting voluntary HIV testing (HIV-AIDS, healthcare)

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