South Carolina: For Advocates, Reporting System Evolved From Prejudice to Protection
October 14, 2008
AIDS advocates in South Carolina now approve of the state health department's long-standing practice of recording the name and vital statistics of HIV-positive residents. The practice, begun in 1986, has allowed the state to track the course of the epidemic and to plan prevention and treatment efforts.
The surveillance system has provided valuable information to public health officials including:
In 2006, the reporting system also helped South Carolina and other Southeastern states support their case for a larger share of federal AIDS funds by giving a more accurate picture of the region's growing epidemic.
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
10.13.2008; Czerne M. Reid
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.