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ACLU puts San Francisco clinic on notice about HIV reporting

The American Civil Liberties Union alleges that the San Francisco City Clinic is misleading people being tested for HIV.

A new state law requiring health care providers and laboratories to report positive HIV tests to the local health department went into effect on April 17; however, the City Clinic, run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, has been telling people taking the test that their results are anonymous.

In addition to demanding that the City Clinic stop deceiving people, it demanded the clinic not report the names of those who took the test under the guise of anonymity, according to an ACLU press release.

“Being diagnosed with HIV still comes with huge consequences,” said Tamara Lange, a Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU AIDS Project, in a press release. “If the Department of Public Health really wants to encourage people to find out their status and get treatment, the last thing they should be doing is giving people false information. This is exactly the kind of deception that makes people scared of getting tested.”