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Am J Public Health. 1999 Jul;89(7):1097-100.

Name-based reporting of HIV-positive test results as a deterrent to testing.

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University of California San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies 94105, USA. bwoods@psg.ucsf.edu

Abstract

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 < .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.

PMID:
10394324
PMCID:
PMC1508832
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.7.1097
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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