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South Africa plans to make AIDS a notifiable disease

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 15 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1308
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

The South African government has signalled its intention to make AIDS a notifiable disease. This will mean that cases of AIDS will have to be reported to the authorities by doctors diagnosing the condition. Names will not be supplied to the authorities, but close relatives and caregivers will be informed.

The decision was taken at a recent meeting of health ministers, all of whom agreed on the need …

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