Data Release Policy
Data on individuals with either HIV infection or AIDS can be released by name or in aggregate statistical format, depending on the individual or entity requesting the information. All data are released according to section 191.656, RSMo. Specific policies for release of HIV/AIDS data can be obtained by calling the Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis at 573-751-6439.
Statistical data can be released to such entities as local public health agencies, community planning partners, health care providers, and the general public in aggregate format. However, in some cases where aggregate data contains certain small numbers (termed small cell data) and may indirectly identify a patient (for example, release of risk and race in low prevalence and low population counties), data may be released in an alternate format (e.g., less than five cases, less than ten cases, etc.).