Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–1605. Confidentiality of medical records and information.

Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this section, the Director shall use the records incident to a case of HIV infection or AIDS reported under this subchapter for statistical and public-health purposes only. Identifying information contained in these records shall be disclosed only when essential to safeguard the physical health of others. No person shall otherwise disclose identifying information derived from these records unless:

(1) The person about whom the record pertains gives his or her prior written permission; or

(2) A court finds, upon clear and convincing evidence, after having granted the person reported an opportunity to contest the disclosure, that disclosure:

(A) Is essential to safeguard the physical health of others; or

(B) Would provide evidence probative of guilt or innocence in a criminal prosecution.