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METRO NEWS BRIEFS: CONNECTICUT; AIDS Will Be Reported According to Categories

December 31, 1998
Laboratories that test for AIDS and H.I.V. will begin reporting all H.I.V. cases to the state by broad categories, state health officials say.

The tracking using the new reporting method, which does not divulge individual patients' names, is to begin on Friday.

The State Commissioner of Public Health, Stephen A. Harriman, approved the tracking this month. It was recommended by a special H.I.V. task force composed of more than a dozen statewide health workers, advocates for AIDS patients, doctors and people with AIDS.

"What the reporting requirement will do is that the labs will report to the state each positive case without the name but with gender, race, age and residency," said Beth Weinstein, director of the state's AIDS program. "This will give us a better measure" of HIV cases, she said.

Connecticut had been among 18 states in the nation that did not require reports of H.I.V. in adults, only in children age 13 and younger. Members of Connecticut's H.I.V. task force had been lobbying for a year to get the public health department to develop an H.I.V. tracking system.



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