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Authors

Sonia Bhatnager

Abstract

This Article focuses on a 1998 New York law that required physicians and other health officials to report individuals who test positive for HIV, AIDS, or other HIV-related illnesses to the municipal health commissioner. As New York has the highest rate of reported AIDS cases, the Article notes that the state's decision to enact this law could have significant influence on other states. It begins by describing the partner notification system laws in the United States, and then presents arguments for and against partner notification. The Article ultimately argues for a modified version of the New York law. This refined system would call for a unique identifier system that would focus on valuable factors such as risk behavior, instead of name reporting, with the ultimate goal of effective implementation and patient privacy.

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