Detaining Patients With AIDS
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1985 Oct 19; 291(6502): 1102.
Recent British statutory regulations classify acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) as a notifiable disease for the following purposes: compulsory medical examination, compulsory removal to hospital, compulsory detention of hospitalized patient, restrictions on the removal of the body of a person dying in hospital, and the isolation of the body of a person dying outside a hospital. On 14 September a 29-year-old male with AIDS was legally prevented from leaving a hospital; the order was later overturned on appeal. The 1985 regulations extend the restrictive authority of the magistrate, in the case of AIDS only, to situations where the person would not take proper precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. They do not make AIDS a notifiable disease in relation to school attendance. (KIE abstract)
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