Identity Cards for Patients Infected With HIV?
Pinching, Anthony J.
Adler, Michael W.
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1987 Feb 21; 294(6570): 495-496.
Four medical professionals comment briefly on a suggestion by a consultant physician, A.C. Srivastava, that people who are positive for HIV antibody should be required or urged to carry an identity card as a protection for family members and health personnel who care for them. A.J. Pinching objects that an identity card system would reinforce unjustifiable fears and do nothing to protect others that could not be achieved better in different ways. M.W. Adler discusses the impracticality of compulsory screening for HIV infection and the serious clash with civil liberties that it would entail. R. Robertson favors education as the best approach, arguing that identity cards would create a dangerous illusion of safety. R. Higgs also holds that there are both ethical and practical objections to the suggestion, and concludes "that the doctor should wear gloves, not that the patient should carry a card." (KIE abstract)
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