The panelists discussed the issues of names-based HIV reporting and partner notification. The discussion focused on why names reporting became such an important and controversial issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention waged an aggressive campaign in states to institute a national system of HIV test reporting, arguing that it is essential to get a more accurate picture of the epidemic and facilitate individual follow-up. The panelists assessed the pros and cons of this program. Name reporting and partner notification under New York law were also addressed. Finally, the panelists provided discussion on how those contemplating getting tested or working with clients that might could deal with the new law.



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