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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Are Hiv Positive People Reported To The Government

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Get the Facts
The Well Project

Myths About HIV

...antibodies against HIV. The HIV antibody test (called ELISA or EIA) is one of the most reliable medical tests. Before you get the results, the test has usually been done two or more times. Before a positive antibody test result is reported, it is confirmed by another test called a Western Blot. According to the CDC, the combined accuracy of the antibody test plus the Western Blot is greater than 99 percent. The myth: "Viral load...
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Confidentiality? (NAMES BASED REPORTING, 2010)

Hi Robert,I suppose this isn't the correct forum for this question, but I hope that you can help me get the word out to anyone who cares about privacy.HIV Poz Names Gathered by the State of HawaiiWhen I go to the doctor, one of the forms that I sign...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...your time and energy and power of example. I live in Mass. and our State Public Health officials will soon require names based reporting on cases of HIV to the federal government under threat that federal monies for patient care will go only to... Read more »

Your position on treatment as prevention is not correct (SWISS REPORT, 2010)

Several times you claim that effective treatment decreases the risk but does not eliminate it. Well I guess it's more an assumption than a certainty. I don't know any study which strictly confirms what you're saying. Instead there's a study ongoing...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...documented cases of mother-to-child transmission, despite the mother having an undetectable viral load. There are also case reports of male-to-female transmission via unprotected vaginal sex, despite the male having an undetectable viral load.... Read more »

Swine flu and HIV-infected People

Any special precautions that people with HIV should take in the face of swine flu?Are there interactions between HIV meds and swine flu meds?should i get a flu vaccine now if I didnt get one before the winter?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...occurred in Texas. The US government has heightened its investigation and reports will be updated as they are known. Project Inform is concerned that all people living with HIV have the information they need as this story develops. We are... Read more »

after the result, who finds out? (Reporting/Partner Notification)

I have heard that if a person tests positive they have to tell the doctors who they have had intercourse with and the doctor puts their name on a national list so that every doctor knows. Is this true?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...depends on what state and country you live in. I will base my answer strictly for the United States, since I am not familiar with reporting laws in other countries.In all US states and territories, if a person is diagnosed with AIDS, by law,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

California Bill Extending Government-Funded Health Care Benefits to HIV-Positive People Not Being Implemented, Los Angeles Times Reports the Times . Stan Rosenstein, deputy director of medical care services in the health department, said the state annually informs people with AIDS enrolled in Medi-Cal about their option to switch to managed care plans, but state and federal... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV-Positive Person Dies in Immigration Detention Center; Family to File Wrongful Death Suit Against Government, Los Angeles Times Reports

...Arrelano, recently died while in custody at an immigration detention center in San Pedro, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. Arrelano's family plans to file a wrongful death suit against the U.S. government that claims Arrelano was... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Zimbabwean Government Policies Hindering HIV/AIDS Efforts, Increasing Risk of Infection, HRW Report Says

...70,000, SAPA/ Business Day reports. However, thousands of people have not been treated because the government has not provided information about antiretroviral therapy policies, according to SAPA/ Business Day . "Zimbabwe has been hailed as a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Discrimination, Violence Against MSM, HIV-Positive People Hurting Jamaican HIV/AIDS Programs, Report Says

...HIV-positive people in Jamaica has "hampered" the government's ability to fight HIV/AIDS, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday, the Miami Herald reports. Jamaica's Ministry of Health in June launched a program to... Read more »
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Hiv and AIDs reporting

Posted by rain05, 5 Replies
...What exactly does the CDC do with your name and information? Who is able to access it? Read more »

Bush ignores HIV prevention methods that work

Posted by bradford, 2 Replies
...(prostitution). HIV Infections occur through the sharing of needles (IV drug users). Individuals assume from HIV/AIDS media reports that unless they live in places like Africa, China, Russia, India and others where HIV infections are climbing,... Read more »

South African AIDS Panel Report

Posted by Anonymous
...a platform for them to deliberate on the issues pertaining to the subject. The report of such deliberations will be used to inform and advise the government as to the most appropriate course of action to follow in dealing with AIDS. This decision... Read more »


Posted by bradford, 1 Reply
...individuals and obviously; this can be attributed to the stigma attached to HIV. Because of the fear, there are people who are not reporting how they are managing their illness. Their status is not known, so they cannot be counted. The numbers of... Read more »