About this training:

This one-hour online training provides a basic overview of  New York State’s HIV Confidentiality Law, Article 27-F of the Public Health Law.  It was created by the Legal Action Center for the AIDS Institute of the Department of Health.  At the completion of this educational session, participants will be able to:

  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.

This training is for:

Health care professionals interested in HIV/HCV/STD continuing medical education. It is designed to meet provider requirements for initial training on confidentiality.

To register:

Register with the New York State (NYS) Department of Health AIDS Institute Clinical Education Initiative (CEI) to take the course.  CME and CNE credits are available.

Hand-outs and Resources:

Article 27-F Flow Chart (2017)

Release forms: Authorization for Release of Confidential HIV Related Information and Authorization for Release of Confidential HIV Related Information (including Alcohol/Drug Treatment & Mental Health Information)

Sample Notice Prohibiting Redisclosure

Complaint forms: Complaint Form for  HIV Confidentiality Violations in New York (2014) and HIPAA Violation Complaint portal

Additional resources: HIV/AIDS: Testing, Confidentiality & Discrimination. What You Need to Know About New York Law (Updated in 2012, with an additional supplement in 2018) and Model HIV/AIDS Confidentiality Policies & Procedures for Human Service Providers in New York State (2017)


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