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Case 5: Partner Notification and Counseling Services for HIV

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A Clinicians do not need to discuss PCRS with their patients because health departments in most jurisdictions in the United States will automatically contact all patients with a new diagnosis of HIV to discuss partner notification.

This answer is incorrect. In 2001, approximately one-third of patients with newly diagnosed HIV in the United States were interviewed by health departments in major metropolitan areas of the United States for PCRS. Clinicians involved in HIV care can and should help identify and refer patients who may benefit from PCRS.

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B In most locations, PCRS is not offered to injection-drug partners of patients with HIV.
C With provider referral, which involves someone other than the patient notifying the partner of an HIV exposure, patient information is rarely kept confidential.
D On average, fewer than 20 patients diagnosed with HIV need to be interviewed to identify a undiagnosed case of HIV.

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