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DHS news release

Feb. 15, 2005

 

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (971) 673-1282


Hearings scheduled for proposed HIV-reporting rules changes




Public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services will hold administrative rules hearings in Bend, Eugene and Portland next month on proposed changes to the state's HIV reporting rules.


Hearings are set for:

  • Bend: March 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Stan Owns Conference Room (front lobby) at the Deschutes County Health Department, 2577 NE Courtney Drive.
  • Eugene: March 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Michael Rogers Room at Lane County Mental Health, 2411 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Portland: March 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 120B/C at the Portland State Office Building, 800 N.E. Oregon Street.

The changes would allow public health officials in the Oregon Department of Human Services to retain the names of people who test positive for HIV infection. Currently DHS converts the names of HIV-positive patients to unique identifier codes after case data is recorded.


DHS announced the proposed revisions on Jan. 24 in response to new federal reporting requirements. If the changes are not made, Oregon may lose $3 million to $4 million in federal HIV treatment dollars. The revision will also make HIV reporting consistent with other disease-reporting practices and will enhance HIV prevention efforts in Oregon, according to DHS health officials.


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