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Subject 511-2-4 REPORTING OF VENEREAL DISEASES

Rule 511-2-4-.01 Definitions

Unless a different meaning is required by the context, the following terms as used in these Rules shall have the meaning hereinafter respectively ascribed to same:

(a) "Department" means the Georgia Department of Public Health.
(b) "Venereal Disease" is any case of syphilis, gonorrhea or chancroid.
(c) "Case of Venereal Disease" is any person diagnosed as having a venereal disease.
(d) "Test" is any laboratory procedure conducted for the purpose of aiding in the discovery or diagnosis of a venereal disease.
(e) "Reactive or Positive Test" means any laboratory result suggesting the presence of venereal disease.

Rule 511-2-4-.02 Reporting of Venereal Disease

(1) Any physician or other person who makes a diagnosis of or treats a case of venereal disease, any superintendent or manager of a hospital, dispensary, or charitable or penal institution in which there is discovered a case of venereal disease shall report it immediately to the Department. Each such venereal disease case shall be reported to the Department by giving name, address, color, age, sex, and a diagnosis on forms furnished by the Department.
(2) All laboratories conducting tests for venereal disease shall report to the Department daily, as they occur, all reactive or positive tests for venereal disease by giving name, address, color, age and sex of patient on forms furnished by the Department.
(3) Information reported on these forms shall be kept confidential by the Department.