A report today in the Washington Post pointed out that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) may require governments that receive HIV/AIDS funding to begin collecting data on new HIV infections using a name-based system. While some governments already do this, some (including the District of Columbia) use coded systems to protect the identities of HIV/AIDS infected individuals.
Those in favor of the name-based system believe that it will allow health officials to better track the disease and provide information about new medications to those living with HIV/AIDS. Others fear that if the names are not handled properly, confidentiality could be breached.
Which begs the question: Is there still an HIV/AIDS stigma? Should the idea of a name-based system really be alarming, or are relics of the fight against HIV/AIDS not up with the times?
I believe the stigma is still alive and well.