Q. Several of our patients are HIV positive. Do we need to keep their HIV status in a special sealed part of the medical record? How should we handle the HIV information listed for each office visit?
A. You do not need to keep HIV information in a separate part of the medical record. However, special rules deal with the release of HIV information. Except for treatment purposes, Texas requires specific consent to release that information.
Unfortunately, no legal standard exists for how to list HIV information for each office visit.
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