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HIV Database Could Violate Law

DATA RETENTION—U.S.

March 22, 2013

FierceHealthIT reports that Michigan Department of Community Health’s retention of data on individuals who “test for HIV at federally funded clinics” could violate state law. While a provision in the health code requires destruction of such data after 90 days, local health departments have been required “to enter that data into the state's HIV Event System, where the data is kept indefinitely,” the report states. A former state representative who helped pass the law said the intent “was to encourage people to know what their status was but also to protect people's privacy… It's not just the (privacy) violation; it's the fact they're keeping this data that it was never the intent of the legislature that they keep.”
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