Confidentiality for Doctors Who Are HIV Positive
Lancet. 1987 Nov 21; 2(8569): 1221-1222.
A British newspaper was fined for contempt of an injunction forbidding publication of confidential information taken from the medical records of two doctors being treated for AIDS. Medical evidence and testimony about the pursuit of hospital patients by the press led the High Court to conclude that the public interest in freedom of the press was outweighed by the public interest in maintaining the confidentiality which encourages AIDS patients to seek counseling and treatment to stop the spread of the disease. The difficulties presented by AIDS patients to doctors who must make a judgment about confidentiality are discussed and questions are raised about the extent to which AIDS carriers, including doctors, can be relied on to act responsibly. (KIE abstract)
Aids; Competence; Confidentiality; Counseling; Carriers; Dementia; Disease; Duty to Warn; Doctors; Employment; Freedom; Health; Health Personnel; HIV Seropositivity; Hospitals; Legal Aspects; Mass Media; Medical Records; Obligations to Society; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Professional Competence; Records; Risks and Benefits; Stigmatization;
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