Pa. Department of Health Plans to Update HIV Reporting Requirements

Last Updated: May 22, 2019

rules-regulations-articleThe Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) has announced plans to amend its existing HIV reporting regulations.

Since 2002, HIV infection has been on the list of reportable diseases in Pennsylvania. As part of those reporting requirements, DOH requires the reporting of CD4 T-lymphocyte test results with a count of less than 200 cells/uL or a CD4 T-lymphocyte percentage of less than 14 percent of total lymphocytes.

Now, DOH is proposing to require the reporting of all CD4 T-lymphocyte cell counts relating to HIV infection, as well as viral load test results and genotyping results.

From 2012 to 2016, there were more than 6,000 new HIV cases diagnosed in Pennsylvania. By 2020, there could be as many as 42,000 people in Pennsylvania living with HIV. DOH says that the proposed regulatory changes will allow the state to better track HIV in order to focus its resources to meet the needs of those who are impacted and improve the health of citizens in the Commonwealth.

View the proposed HIV reporting regulations.

How to Submit Comments on the Proposed Regulations

Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission is in the process reviewing the proposed regulations and is accepting public comments. Physicians and other heath care professionals who have feedback on the proposal are encouraged to share their input.

Comments can be submitted to IRRC at irrc@irrc.state.pa.us. The subject line of the email should read: Regulation #10-209: Complete Reporting of CD4 T-Lymphocyte, Viral Load and Genotyping Test Results Relating to HIV (IRRC #3235).

Public comments are due by June 24, 2019.


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