Nature. 1983 Aug 11; 304(5926): 478.
Epidemiological research on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) could be jeopardized by patients' reluctance to disclose sexual activity and drug use for fear the information will be passed on to other government agencies. Wary because CDC gave names of AIDS patients to the New York Blood Center, gay rights groups are asking for guarantees of patient confidentiality. CDC has proposed a system that would substitute numbers for names on records, but meanwhile has come under attack in the House of Representatives for refusing to open its files to congressional investigators. (KIE abstract)