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June 23/30, 1999

Anonymous HIV Testing and Medical Care—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(24):2282-2283. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-24-jbk0623

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.