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Russia delays HIV testing for foreigners

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 12 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:407

Mandatory HIV testing for foreigners visiting Russia is now officially on the statute books, but implementation of the controversial law has been delayed. The testing officially became law on 1 August, but the passing of the law was accompanied by disagreement between two government departments.

Confusion reigned as the health ministry blamed the foreign affairs ministry for failing to have HIV test certificates ready for distribution along with application forms for visas. The foreign affairs ministry meanwhile complained that it was up to the health ministry to devise the mechanisms for testing and that its job was purely administrative.

While the Russian parliament insists that the law is now in place, in reality there will be a period of grace while the mess is sorted out, and the …

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