APHA (@PublicHealth) late-breaker policy on HIV testing for immigrants posted

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Note: This was cross-posted to the IH Blog.

As I mentioned in my recap of the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting, I authored a late-breaker policy, "Opposition to Policies Requiring a Negative HIV Test as a Condition of Employment for Foreign Nationals," that was put forth by the International Health Section and passed by the Governing Council with overwhelming support. That policy has now been finalized and posted to APHA's Policy Statement Database. You can read the full text of the policy here.

According to APHA Joint Policy Committee (JPC) guidelines,
Approved late-breaker policy statements will be considered valid, but interim for one year. Late-breaker policy statement authors will need to revise, update, and resubmit their policy statements to the standard proposed policy statement review process...Late-breaker policy statements will be subject to full review and reaffirmation in the next annual policy development cycle. If the late-breaker is not resubmitted, it will expire after one year.
I am working with the Section's Policy/Advocacy Committee to develop a standard policy proposal as a follow-up to the late-breaker, which will be submitted for consideration at this year's Annual Meeting in Denver.

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