2013 ORS § 433.045¹
Notice of HIV test required
  • exceptions

(1) As used in this section:

(a) Health care provider means an individual licensed by a health professional regulatory board, as that term is defined in ORS 676.160 (Definitions for ORS 676.165 to 676.180).

(b) HIV test means a test of an individual for the presence of HIV, or for antibodies or antigens that result from HIV infection, or for any other substance specifically indicating infection with HIV.

(c) Insurance producer has the meaning given that term in ORS 746.600 (Definitions for ORS 746.600 to 746.690).

(d) Insurance-support organization has the meaning given that term in ORS 746.600 (Definitions for ORS 746.600 to 746.690).

(e) Insurer has the meaning given that term in ORS 731.106 (Insurer).

(2) Except as provided in ORS 433.017 (Test of blood of pregnant woman required), 433.055 (Prevalence studies) (3) and 433.080 (When test may be required), a health care provider or the providers designee shall, before subjecting an individual to an HIV test:

(a) Notify the individual being tested; and

(b) Allow the individual being tested the opportunity to decline the test.

(3) The notification and opportunity to decline testing required under subsection (2) of this section may be verbal or in writing, and may be contained in a general medical consent form.

(4)(a) Regardless of the manner of receipt or the source of the information, including information received from the tested individual, a person may not disclose or be compelled to disclose the identity of any individual upon whom an HIV-related test is performed, or the results of such a test in a manner that permits identification of the subject of the test, except as required or permitted by federal law, the law of this state or any rule, including any authority rule considered necessary for public health or health care purposes, or as authorized by the individual whose blood is tested.

(b) This subsection does not apply to an individual acting in a private capacity and not in an employment, occupational or professional capacity.

(5) A person who complies with the requirements of this section is not subject to an action for civil damages.

(6) Whenever an insurer, insurance producer or insurance-support organization asks an applicant for insurance to take an HIV test in connection with an application for insurance, the insurer, insurance producer or insurance-support organization must reveal the use of the test to the applicant and obtain the written consent of the applicant. The consent form must disclose the purpose of the test and the persons to whom the results may be disclosed. [1987 c.600 §17; 1989 c.878 §6; 1997 c.854 §14; 2003 c.14 §245; 2003 c.364 §51; 2005 c.516 §1; 2009 c.30 §1; 2009 c.828 §19; 2012 c.26 §1]