State Regulations and the HIV-Positive Health Care Professional: A Response to a Problem That Does Not Exist
DiMaggio, Susan L.
American Journal of Law and Medicine. 1993; 19(4): 497-522.
An announcement in July 1990 concerning the possible transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from an HIV-positive health care professional to a patient launched a public outcry for patient protection from acquiring HIV from health care professionals. As a result of numerous debates, Congress issued a mandate requiring the states to adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines concerning HIV-positive health care professionals or an equivalent policy. This Note explores the regulations and guidelines established by various states in response to this mandate. The author concludes that policies requiring adherence to universal precautions within the health care setting, and not mandatory testing of health care professionals or mandatory disclosure of their HIV status, are best for protecting public health.
Aids; Aids Serodiagnosis; Confidentiality; Costs and Benefits; Disclosure; Disease; Government; Government Regulation; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Health Personnel; Iatrogenic Disease; Mandatory Reporting; Mandatory Testing; Public Health; Public Policy; Regulation; Risk; Reporting; Social Impact; State Government; Torts;
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