Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Timely knowledge of HIV
status and early entry to care for HIV-infected persons are indeed key
national public health objectives. According to research supported by
the CDC, infected persons who sought an anonymous HIV test entered care
earlier in the course of disease than persons whose HIV test was not
anonymous.1 The CDC's draft guidelines for HIV
surveillance2 strongly recommend that states maintain the
anonymous test option as they implement HIV surveillance systems.
States receiving federal HIV prevention funds are required to offer an
anonymous HIV test option unless specifically prohibited by state law.
Lehman JS. Anonymous HIV Testing and Medical Care—Reply. JAMA. 1999;281(24):2282-2283. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-24-jbk0623