A DIS told me I may have been exposed to an STI—why can’t I know who named me?

Just as a DIS will not disclose any of your personal health information to anyone but you, DIS also cannot disclose the private health information of the person who tested positive for an STI due to HIPAA. The person who named you cared about you enough to provide your information to the DIS so that you can tested and treated for STIs, which can be very serious if untreated. 

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1. What are Partner Services?
2. How do I know this is not a scam?
3. Why is the DIS asking for my birthday?
4. Will the DIS tell my partners that I provided their information?
5. Can I tell my partners myself?
6. If I have been treated, why do I (or a DIS) need to tell my partners they may have been exposed?
7. Why are my partners any of the health department’s business?
8. A DIS told me I may have been exposed to an STI—why can’t I know who named me?