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Reporting HIV
Apr 8, 2011

I'm going to school to be a counselor and am writing a paper on obligations of healthcare professionals to inform others if someone tells you they have HIV. Can they tell anyone?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

The CDC has published guidelines that specify reporting of positive test results, but each state has specific guidelines about offering confidential and/or anonymous tests, testing of minors, exceptions to confidentiality, and so on. For an excellent summary of the laws in your state see USCF's Quick Reference Guide to State HIV Testing Laws. The Center for HIV Law and Policy has many other resources that you might find helpful.

-David



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