The Process

What happens when someone test positive for HIV? What is the process? The positive lab is reported to the Health Department by the doctor who ordered the test and/or the lab who performed the test. Once the Health Department is aware of the lab, they then contact the individual who tested positive. The Health Department will sit and explain the process of HIV with the patient and discuss the test. At that point it changes from state to state what happens after that.

Some states ask for all of the sex partners of the patient. Every state sets the patient up with an infection specialist or internal medicine doctor. There are some states that make you sign forms that say you will not have sex any more. The repercussions of having sex could be up to 5 years in prison. Yes, prison, not jail. Why is this?

But what many with HIV don’t know is that their name is forever saved and updated in a collection of databases that are used to keep up with and link those infected with HIV.  For what reason do these databases need to be updated? The answer: To keep a record of the most recent test results of each infected individual. To see where the patient is getting services from and if the patient is getting services from more than one grant funded organization.

Go to Google or Bing and look up “STDMIS” or “Careware”. These are just two of the systems. Look and see what you find out. I do not choose to give you all of the information that I know right now. However, just knowing that there are systems like this should make you think long and hard about who you have sex with.

But where does all of this money come from for these grants? The US government spends $84 Billion a year for HIV meds, grants, jobs, programs, surveillance, education, etc… Eighty-four billion. $84,000,000,000.

Coming summer 2014:

The Story Within: A Scrapbook of the Eradication if HIV/AIDS in the US


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