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2004 Florida Statutes

Section 384.25, Florida Statutes 2004

384.25  Reporting required.--

(1)  Each person who makes a diagnosis of or treats a person with a sexually transmissible disease and each laboratory that performs a test for a sexually transmissible disease which concludes with a positive result shall report such facts as may be required by the department by rule, within a time period as specified by rule of the department, but in no case to exceed 2 weeks.

(2)  The department shall adopt rules specifying the information required in and a minimum time period for reporting a sexually transmissible disease. In adopting such rules, the department shall consider the need for information, protections for the privacy and confidentiality of the patient, and the practical ability of persons and laboratories to report in a reasonable fashion. To ensure the confidentiality of persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), reporting of HIV infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) must be conducted using the HIV/AIDS Reporting System (HARS) developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Public Health Service.

(3)  The department shall require reporting of physician diagnosed cases of AIDS based upon diagnostic criteria from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

(4)  The department may require physician and laboratory reporting of HIV infection. However, only reports of HIV infection identified on or after the effective date of the rule developed by the department pursuant to this subsection shall be accepted. The reporting may not affect or relate to anonymous HIV testing programs conducted pursuant to s. 381.004(4) or to university-based medical research protocols as determined by the department.

(5)  After notification of the test subject under subsection (4), the department may, with the consent of the test subject, notify school superintendents of students and school personnel whose HIV tests are positive.

(6)  The department shall by February 1 of each year submit to the Legislature an annual report relating to all information obtained pursuant to this section.

(7)  Each person who violates the provisions of this section or the rules adopted hereunder may be fined by the department up to $500 for each offense. The department shall report each violation of this section to the regulatory agency responsible for licensing each health care professional and each laboratory to which these provisions apply.

History.--s. 90, ch. 86-220; s. 28, ch. 88-380; s. 8, ch. 89-350; s. 1, ch. 93-264; s. 675, ch. 95-148; s. 2, ch. 96-179; s. 5, ch. 96-221; s. 189, ch. 97-101; s. 3, ch. 98-171.