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A 25-year-old female asked:

When dr orders "serious infection" blood test like hiv, does lab secretly take personal info from blood - like your dna / gene info to identify you?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Confidentiality: The lab will be given your name and identifying information if you are tested for HIV or some other reportable disease, but the information is protected and can't be made public. The same is true if you have a reportable infectious disease in most jurisdictions. One branch of the government will know but cannot share it with others.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
Good Answer, Dr. Friedlander. I would also have strongly added a NO to this question. There is no simple DNA testing or blood identification process that a lab would do on any patient, even those having 'serious' blood tests.
Jan 15, 2014

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