In Michigan, effort to enforce HIV "health threat" law raises questions
January 30th, 2013 - ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan health officials are using HIV surveillance technologies to assist in enforcing a "health threat" law that makes it illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status.
A new University of Michigan study reveals that health officials employ the state's names reporting database, alongside partner services referrals, for law enforcement purposes. However, this is bad social policy for a variety of reasons, said Trevor Hoppe, the study's author and a doctoral candidate in sociology and women's studies.
When clients visit publicly funded health clinics in Michigan to be tested for HIV, they can expect more than just a finger prick or blood draw. Counselors also ask clients extensive questions about their sexual practices and partners.
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