Health Department Moves to Confidential Name-Based HIV Reporting System

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2006
Contact: Communication Office

BURLINGTON - The Vermont Department of Health is working to transition from an HIV code-based reporting system to a confidential HIV name-based reporting system beginning in 2007.

The transition will allow Vermont, one of only four states that had yet to move to a name-based reporting system, to comply with a strong recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Name-based reporting for AIDS cases has been in place in Vermont for the past 22 years. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. The change to a name-based reporting system for HIV will require changes to state law by the Vermont legislature.

“Patient names will be kept secure and confidential and will be forwarded to the Health Department by health care providers when either AIDS or HIV is diagnosed,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “No patient names will be forwarded to the federal government. Instead, the Health Department will generate a code to accompany data forwarded to federal health agencies.”

In July 2005, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strengthened the HIV reporting guidelines and recommended that all states and territories conduct HIV reporting using the same name-based approach currently used for AIDS surveillance nationwide.

The CDC’s policy is to accept only HIV case surveillance data collected, reported and maintained in state HIV/AIDS surveillance systems using confidential name-based methods.

For more information and a fact sheet on HIV name-based reporting, visit: HIV Name-Based Reporting on this website.


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