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HIV/AIDS Confidentiality Law Overview

Original Presentation: 1/5/2016
Web Posting: 4/18/2017
CE Expiration: 06/03/2018
This online activity provides information about New York State's HIV Confidentiality Law (Public Health Law - Article 27-F) and is designed to meet provider requirements for initial training on confidentiality.
  • Sally Friedman, Esq.
    Legal Director
    Legal Action Center
Learning Objectives
At the completion of this educational session, participants will:
  1. State the basic requirements of the New York State HIV confidentiality law. *
  2. List the main exceptions to the HIV confidentiality law’s non-disclosure rule.
  3. Complete an HIV release form.
  4. Describe the legal consequences for violating the HIV confidentiality law.
Presenter Bio
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.
Continuing Education Credit

The target audience is health care professional interested in HIV/HCV/STD continuing medical education.

This course was re-approved for CME and CNE credit on 6/03/2015 and will terminate 6/03/2018.  New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute offers also a certificate of completion for those who completed the online training.

Accreditation Statement


The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 0.75 nursing contact hours

New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute designates this enduring material as a mandatory training program per New York State Public Health Law Article 27-F. Individuals who have successfully completed this training can claim a certificate of completion.

Disclosure Statement

Policies and standards of MSSNY require that speakers and planners for CME activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial interests whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of a CME activity.

Sally Friedman, Esq has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


  • This online video and post-activity evaluation are 45 min in length. 
  • After you complete the video portion of this educational activity there will be a post-activity evaluation and quiz. 
  • You must pass the quiz with a score of 80% or higher to receive the CE certificate.
  • If successful, you will be provided instructions to print your CE certificate at the completion of this activity. 

Course Handouts

This course refers to handouts which are available from the Legal Action Center (