Illinois will likely switch to names-based HIV reporting
September 17 2005 12:00 AM ET
federal government rejects HIV case reports recorded by
codes instead of by names, Illinois officials are
expected to switch the state from codes-based to
names-based HIV reporting, the Chicago Free Press
reports. If the state maintained code-based reporting,
it could lose out on federal Ryan White AIDS funds,
which will be tied to the number of HIV cases in each region
of the country, say state health officials. Illinois is one
of only 14 U.S. jurisdictions that still report HIV
cases to federal officials by codes instead of names.
California also is expected to soon switch to
names-based HIV case reporting, as is the city of
Philadelphia. Opponents of names-based reporting say
it deters people from seeking HIV antibody tests
because they are afraid their results may be made public.
But advocates say names-based reporting is much more
accurate than codes-based systems. (Advocate.com)
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