I received a letter today from a public health agency directing me to call them regarding a confidential matter. I did and was informed that I had been reported to them as being HIV positive. This is very upsetting, it's discriminatory, it's a total violation of privacy, and apparently in AZ it is a state law. Ostensibly to keep data so that HIV statistics are up to date, and no one misses out on any federal funding. Of course that doesn't explain why my name is registered with the state of AZ as being HIV positive. They could have those numbers independent of identifying the patients. I'm so mad right now. I'm absolutely livid. This country disgusts me. The discrimination it allows, the crass and abusive behavior it rewards.
Are there laws like this in your respective states? Or is this unique to my little slice of hellscape down Southwest?
I'm surprised that you are so surprised to realise that government agencies share such information about you. Here in the UK, our individual national health service number is as accessible as is our income tax reference number; I am more than aware that big brother has access to all relevant information and like you I'm not happy about it; but what can we do about it? We can do nothing whatsoever and no- I don't accept their excuses or reasoning here, no matter how well articulated or apparently well meaning they word it and I am astounded to see on here, long term HIV survivors and advisors
being so accepting of governments position.