7 April 2017
AMA Victoria welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Options Paper: HIV
pre and post testing legislative requirements (the Options Paper).
AMA Victoria supports cost-effective public health interventions aimed at improving the
health outcomes of HIV-positive Australians and reducing future transmissions.
Our concern, however, is that singling out HIV testing in Victorian legislation as requiring
special and additional testing requirements distinguishes HIV from other communicable
diseases. No other Australian jurisdiction has comparable legislative requirements
regarding HIV-testing policies.
AMA Victoria’s position is that testing requirements for HIV should not be above and
beyond those contained in standard medical care. In the ordinary course of practice,
medical practitioners would provide pre- and post-testing counselling including
information on the limitations of any test, the risks of false positive and false negative
results, as well as advice on benefits, contraindications and implications of any test.