Bisexual male and female people can’t legally be tested for HIV if they don’t have sex with a person of the same sex, a panel of experts told the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.
“The federal government does not require testing for bisexuals,” said the panel’s lead panelist, Dr. John W. Schaffner, a professor of health policy and administration at Johns Hopkins University.
The panel’s recommendation was prompted by the U,S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announcement last month that bisexual men are less likely than other men to be tested by the HIV testing company.
In response, the American Bisexual Association and the National Bisexual Health Association announced plans to launch an advocacy campaign in January.
The advocacy group has called for more than 2,000 people to sign an online petition that calls for a moratorium on bi men being tested.
The new policy will also prevent bisexuals from being offered any kind of health care services, such as condoms or testing kits, for a period of at least six months, Schaffman said.
Bisexual men are also barred from working in health care, and can’t be paid for providing health care.
The policy also prevents bisexuals, who are less educated, from getting an STD test.
Bisexual people have historically been discriminated against in the U