Evaluation of a non-name-based HIV reporting system in San Francisco

Sandra Schwarcz, Ling Hsu, Priscilla Lee Chu, Maree Kay Parisi, David Bangsberg, Leo Hurley, Jennifer Pearlman, Kim Marsh, Mitchell Katz

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Objective: To develop and evaluate a non-name-based HIV reporting system. Methods: A population-based study of the accuracy of a set of non-name codes and a prospective study of a laboratory-initiated HIV surveillance system conducted at a county hospital (site 1) and a health maintenance organization (site 2). Participants were persons reported with AIDS in San Francisco and patients with a positive test result for HIV antibody, p24 antigen, viral load, or a CD4 count at the study sites. Results: Proper match rate was 95% for records with complete codes and records with at least 50% of the codes. Proper non-match rate was 99% for records with all code elements and 96% for records with at least 50% of the elements. Completeness of reporting was 89% (site 1) and 87% (site 2). Median number of days between test and receipt of test report at the health department was 9 days at site 1 and 7 days at site 2. During 1999, 78% of HIV-infected patients at site 1 and 87% at site 2 had an HIV-specific laboratory test. Conclusions: A non-name-based laboratory reporting system for HIV is feasible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)504-510
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Disease reporting
  • HIV
  • Surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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