Senate Bill 877 Could Make HIV Screenings Part of Routine Doctor Visit

A bill has been introduced into the Texas Legislature and that bill, if passed could make HIV screenings a part of your routine doctor visit.

Senate Bill 877 and its counterpart were filed by Democratic Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston and Representative Yvonne Davis of Dallas.

The bill requires doctors to offer HIV screenings during regular check-ups, but patients will have the opportunity to opt-out of the screening.

Those who support the proposed legislation are hopeful its passage will help to remove the stigma surrounding HIV testing.

Senator Ellis says early diagnosis is the key to fighting the disease before it spreads and that the sooner a patient knows they're positive, the sooner they can make changes to their lifestyle.

Currently, Texas ranks fourth in the number of people who are HIV positive.

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