Name-Based Reporting of HIV-Positive Test Results as a Deterrent to Testing
Woods, William J.
Dilley, James W.
American Journal of Public Health. 1999 Jul; 89(7): 1097-1100.
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated attitudes toward name-based reporting of HIV. METHODS: One hundred thirty high-risk, male repeat testers received information on the public health benefits of name-based reporting and reported their intentions to test. RESULTS: Of the 67 men who were randomly selected and asked their intentions before hearing the benefits, 63% said they would not test if reporting were required. After hearing the benefits, 19% changed their minds (P less than .014). Of the 63 men who were asked only after hearing the benefits, 44% would not test. CONCLUSIONS: Implementing name-based reporting without working before-hand to change attitudes could undermine the benefits of both testing and HIV surveillance.
Aids; Aids Serodiagnosis; Anonymous Testing; Attitudes; Confidentiality; Evaluation; Evaluation Studies; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Homosexuals; Males; Mandatory Reporting; Methods; Public Health; Public Policy; Regulation; Risk; Reporting; Social Impact; State Government; Survey; Urban Population;
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