Ethical Issues Involved in the Growing AIDS Crisis
JAMA. 1988 Mar 4; 259(9): 1360-1361.
This report was filed by the AMA House of Delegates at its 1987 Interim Meeting. The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs states its beliefs that a physician should not refuse to treat a patient solely because the patient is HIV seropositive; that physicians must provide competent medical service with compassion and respect for human dignity; that physicians who are unable to provide the services required by AIDS patients should make referrals; that physicians should respect the privacy rights of AIDS and seropositive patients; that when a seropositive individual is endangering a third party, in the absence of statutory regulation, the physician should try to persuade the individual to cease doing so, notify the authorities if persuasion fails, and notify the endangered party if all else fails; and that a physician who has AIDS or is seropositive should not engage in any activity that creates a risk to patients. (KIE abstract)
Aids; Codes of Ethics; Compassion; Confidentiality; Contact Tracing; Consent; Consultation; Dangerousness; Disclosure; Duty to Warn; Discrimination; Ethics; Health; Health Personnel; HIV Seropositivity; Human Dignity; Medical Ethics; Moral Obligations; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Privacy; Professional Organizations; Public Health; Referral and Consultation; Refusal to Treat; Regulation; Rights; Risk; Sexuality;
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