Adopted Amendment to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rule - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Adopted Amendment to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rule

The Minnesota Department of Health (“the department”) has adopted and amendment to one part of the Communicable Disease Reporting Rule, specifically Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4605.7030.

MDH thoroughly revised the current rules in 2005. Since then, testing technology for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) has evolved from using a screening test and confirming with Western Blot to rapid testing often without a confirmatory Western Blot. Rapid testing is now in almost universal use. Consequently, the current rules are simply inadequate. This rulemaking process will update the communicable disease reporting rules to reflect current technology and practice. It would require all laboratories to report to the Minnesota Department of Health the results of all CD4+ lymphocyte counts and percents and the results of all HIV viral detection laboratory tests.

Communicable Disease Reporting Rule:

Communicable Disease Reporting Rules, Chapter 4605
Statute summarizing the communicable diseases that are required to be reported in Minnesota.

The current communicable disease reporting rule can be found at The Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes web page. Additional information can also be found at MDH's Infectious Disease Reporting page.

Questions about the Rule:

For questions regarding the rule, please contact: Allison La Pointe, Epidemiologist Supervisor, STD, HIV and TB Section at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-201-5414.

For more information on HIV/AIDS in Minnesota please go to

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