New Bill Would Force Disclosure of HIV Status
14 March 1997
-- The Associated Press reports Republican Rep. Tom Coburn of
Oklahoma is seeking support for a bill that would require
states to alert people to possible contacts with HIV-infected
who is also a physician, said the bill's provisions will
protect those who are not infected and speed the delivery of
new treatments for those that are. The Associated Press says
the American Medical Association supports the measure.
of the bill's provisions is the creation of a national HIV
reporting system. States would be required to report every new
HIV diagnosis to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
26 states already supply this information to the CDC, the rest
report only new AIDS cases.
the proposal's more controversial features is a partner
notification requirement (the CDC currently notifies partners
in new AIDS diagnoses), and a new requirement imposed on
insurers to reveal HIV test results to applicants.
Human Rights Campaign protested the bill would intrude on the
authority of trained health professionals and counselors, and
do nothing to target individuals most at risk for HIV and
AIDS. It also said partner notification is a costly and
ineffective method of controlling the disease.
C. Barillas, Editor