Federally protected private health information

  • Frostbitblue

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    Sep 25, 2013 3:47 PM GMT
    I work in healthcare. It always astounds me that web sites such as these ask a person their HIV status. At least here in the US that is protected private health information.
    That is a very discriminatory practice as well. What about your Herpes status? Syphilis? What about people who object to vaccinations? Should they be prosecuted for spreading measles, flu?
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    Jan 12, 2016 9:00 AM GMT
    Understand what you mean. I feel when people ask those questions already gives the impression that they bareback only or something. Best way in my opinion to avoid this from every happening is(if it comes down to this) wear a freaking condom. As for asking for other diseases or illness, well I have not comment on that, only people I feel should know about that is either the providers or significant other if they ask in regards for safety reasons...
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    Jan 12, 2016 2:02 PM GMT
    It is but that doesn't mean you can't volunteer it.... which is what people on this site are doing by listing their status.
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    Jan 12, 2016 9:30 PM GMT
    javelin7 saidIt is but that doesn't mean you can't volunteer it.... which is what people on this site are doing by listing their status.

    The likelihood that someone who is negative doesn't give their status is very low. So there's clearly an inappropriate pressure for people to give their status.

    It's unclear to me if it's ever appropriate to ask. If you're going to have sex with someone and are fearful of having sex with someone who's positive (and you're using protection) you could have sex with someone who claims that they're negative but are not. So it's a false sense of security.
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    Jan 13, 2016 12:10 AM GMT
    Frostbitblue saidI work in healthcare. It always astounds me that web sites such as these ask a person their HIV status. At least here in the US that is protected private health information.
    That is a very discriminatory practice as well. What about your Herpes status? Syphilis? What about people who object to vaccinations? Should they be prosecuted for spreading measles, flu?


    The privacy protection of the United States' "Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act" (HIPAA) only apply to "covered entities" (e.g. health care providers; health insurers; healthcare clearing houses) and "business associates" (i.e. third-party entities performing covered entity functions which use protected health information).

    Websites such as Real Jock are not covered entities nor business associates as defined under HIPAA. HIPAA does not apply to websites such as Real Jock. However, privacy protections are much stricter for European Union citizens.
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    Jan 14, 2016 2:58 AM GMT
    For what it's worth, MMTM, I appreciate your perspective between trollings. I've regretted trying to have the conversation with some pundits here, but I feel like I've learned a little bit from you and it *does* help when meeting guys in real life to have at least encountered positive men like yourself who are willing to discuss experiences, stigma, practices, etc. openly and reasonably. At the very least it makes the conversation less intimidating.

    I'm sorry if you don't see your experience here that way, and I don't doubt that it's probably not worth the constant wailing and whining you have to put up with, but if it does matter your patience is appreciated. icon_sad.gif
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    Jan 14, 2016 6:49 PM GMT
    It may not be that the web site owner is uninterested in fixing the way the site works but that they don't have the expertise and knowledge for how to modify the site. So they'd have to hire someone and that costs money, and the site may not be generating enough money to make that feasible. And it's dodgy hiring a programmer to fix homebrew software; good ones who don't make a mess of things will be expensive, and the cheap ones you'll regret having hired.