February 29, 2008
New research indicates that a New York state law requiring name-based HIV reporting and partner notification has not led to a decline in the willingness of high-risk persons to be tested or to a drop in testing overall.
Under the law, which went into effect June 1, 2000, doctors and laboratories are required to report the names of persons with HIV infection, HIV-related illness or AIDS. The reporting of known partners is also mandated, as is screening for intimate partner violence.
"A primary concern with named HIV reporting is that it might deter HIV testing behavior," explained study author Dr. James M. Tesoriero of the state Department of Health's AIDS Institute. "In addition, concern was expressed that the formal integration of HIV partner notification and intimate partner violence screening into New York's law might affect HIV testing behavior."
02.28.2008; Megan Rauscher