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HIV/AIDS Confidentiality Law Overview


Published Date: 12/13/2022

Expiration Date: 12/16/2025

CE Credit: CME:1CNE: 1



Sally Friedman,Esq.Ms. Friedman directs the Center’s Legal Department, which serves over 2,500 clients annually and provides trainings and technical assistance for hundreds of health and social service program serving LAC’s constituency. Since joining the Legal Action Center in October of 1993, Sally Friedman has prosecuted cases involving the breach of HIV confidentiality and discrimination on basis of HIV status, criminal record, and drug or alcohol history. She has also advised and trained hundreds of organizations across the country on privacy and anti-discrimination laws protecting individuals with HIV, criminal records, and alcohol/drug histories. Ms. Friedman has authored numerous publications and produced video/DVD and online trainings on these topics. She is a graduate of Brown University and New York University Law School.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe NYS laws that protect the confidentiality of HIV-related information.
  • Explain how NYS HIV confidentiality laws relate to HIPAA.
  • Describe the legal consequences for violating the NYS HIV confidentiality laws.
  • State circumstances in which you are permitted to disclose HIV-related information about your clients (“exceptions” to the confidentiality law’s non-disclosure rule).
  • Complete an HIV release form properly.

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