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HIV Testing After Implementation of Name-Based Reporting

Sindy M. Paul, MD, MPH; Helene Cross, MA; Samuel Costa, MA
JAMA. 1999;281(15):1377-1380. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-15-jbk0421.
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To the Editor: Dr Nakashima and colleagues1 discuss important issues regarding the impact of name-based HIV reporting on counseling and testing behavior. As the national debate regarding name-based HIV reporting vs the use of a nonname identifier continues, it is important to present data on the impact of name-based HIV reporting on additional aspects of HIV testing behavior. We provide information on name-based HIV reporting and people leaving a geographic area for counseling and testing in nearby jurisdictions without name-based reporting.

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Figure 2. Number of Persons Seeking Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing Outside of Their Own State of Residence, 1990-1996
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Name-based reporting was adopted in October 1991; Earvin "Magic" Johnson made his announcement in November 1991.

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