What laws does the state of Ohio have reguarding partner notification for HIV,AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections?I am doing a case study for science class. I have looked and looked and...

What laws does the state of Ohio have reguarding partner notification for HIV,AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections?

I am doing a case study for science class. I have looked and looked and I can not find the answer I need. I can only find laws pertaining to notification to the state agencies.

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dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you asking about past sexual partners or current sexual partners? Every state has what they call reportable illnesses and sexually transmitted diseases are part of them. The procedure is enacted when say for example you go to your doctor's office and they diagnose you with a sexually transmitted disease (and others). The physician's office is compelled to report their findings to the State health authorities, they give the state your personal information, name/DOB/address/diagnosis/etc., then you will be contacted by a representative of the state office and together you will list past sexual partners that may be at risk. Together, you try to locate these people and notify them that they may have the STD that you were diagnosed with.

When  current sexual partners are involved, the process is the same. However, future sexual partners do not have to be told as long as you have protected sexual intercourse. However, if the intercourse is unprotected, you must tell them of your HIV status before you have intercourse. If you fail to do this and then the partner contracts the disease that you have, you can be charged with at the very least assault. If the disease is HIV, you can be charged with attempted murder, or if they die because they contracted the HIV from you, and their cause of death was HIV related, you can be charged with murder.