Medical College of Wisconsin Study Finds Awareness of New Jersey HIV Exposure Law Is Not Associated With Reduced Sexual Risk Behavior
September 24, 2012
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) surveyed HIV-infected persons in New Jersey between March 22, 2010 and October 6, 2010 on the New Jersey law that requires HIV-positive individuals to disclose their status to sexual partners. Carol Galletly, J.D. and Ph.D., of the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at MCW and the principal investigator of the study together with her colleagues found that the law does not seem to be an effective deterrent that prevents HIV transmission. Although 51 percent of study participants reported knowledge of the law, those who knew and those who did not were just as likely reveal their status, engage in less risky sexual behaviors, and use condoms. Most of the participants, whether aware of the law or not, reported complying with the law for the previous year. Eighty-five percent of the participants stated that they were not willing to have unprotected sex with a seronegative partner who was unaware of their HIV-positive status.
09.22.2012; Rachel Mosey
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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