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An Alabama state proposal that would allow health officials to identify people who test positive for HIV to their sex partners could discourage testing, a spokeswoman for Birmingham AIDS Outreach said. "Our primary concern is that this will drive people away from being tested for HIV if they think their names will be revealed," Patricia Todd said at a December 6, 1991, public hearing on the proposed rule change.
She said identifying someone with HIV could lead to discrimination in housing and employment and loss of insurance. The Alabama State Department of Public Health is considering changing the rule it uses to notify people who have no reason …