The standard protocol when diagnosing a patient with HIV and/or AIDS involves contacting the patient’s previous sexual partners to notify them of their exposure to the disease. This allows the patient’s sexual partners the opportunity to be tested themselves.
How does this standard practice affect the gathering of incidence and prevalence rates for HIV/AIDS? Do you agree or disagree with the protocol and why? If changes were made to the protocol to assist in data gathering, what changes would you suggest and why?