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September 25, 2007

Named-based Reporting Doesn’t Deter Testing

New Yorkers living “high-risk” lifestyles for HIV are still willing to be tested for HIV after the state enacted a law that requires the names of people who test positive to be reported to the state.

According to a study in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health, many people were actually unaware of the law, which was enacted in 2000. Previously, the state required only the names of people who received AIDS diagnoses to be reported.

Researchers from the Department of Health’s AIDS Institute at the institute discovered that only a quarter of study participants actually knew that positive test results are reported by name (unless the test is taken anonymously).

However, the researchers also found that only 5 percent of the participants showed concern about the name reporting, citing it as a potential reason for avoiding or delaying getting tested.

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