When you get an std does it go on your public record?

by Rachel on July 28, 2011

I’m doing a report in my english class about the right to privacy. I’m basically supposed to write a paper on wheather or not it’s a good thing for people to have that they have an STD on their public records. And I don’t even think that such things would be on public records. Just medical records, right?

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LINDSEY S July 28, 2011 at 3:48 am

No it only goes on your medical record which should be kept private by your doctor.

Patricia C July 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

What public records? It is reported to the Health Department and Health Department records are not public.
As for my personal opinion, I wish they were made public. It would save a lot of innocent people a lot of heartbreak.

happy and sad joy July 28, 2011 at 4:19 am

only on medical records (owned by the hospital)…

Lily L July 28, 2011 at 4:29 am

No, however, some places they do collect names of those who have tested positive for HIV. This information is supposed to be confidential but I know that I personally wouldn’t want my name on it!

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/reporting.htm

As sal noted below, all STDs are reported, but HIV is the only one where they report your name as well. The others they just statistically report as lump sum.

zellparis July 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

don’t worry, no one will know what you’ve got unless you tell them, so what have you got?

sal1970 July 28, 2011 at 5:23 am

in the USA, all sexual transmitted diseases including HIV are report to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. the records are not public. if they were, many would be reluctant
to seek treatment. on the other hand, making them public would enable us to avoid having sex
with infected partners.

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