The Legal Situation Concerning Notification of Sexual Partners of HIV/AIDS Patients in Costa Rica: Problems in Contact Tracing
Valerio, Carlos J.
Medicine and Law: World Association for Medical Law 2004; 23(4): 925-936
Among solutions to the problems of HIV/AIDS, a public health preventive measure has been proposed to notify the sexual partners of patients, this being a justifiable exception to professional secrecy. Every such measure must conform to a legal framework in order to facilitate the task of the health care worker, to respect the patient's right to privacy and to protect life as a juridical value. The General Law governing HIV/AIDS and its Costa Rican regulations propose a procedure to notify sexual partners. This study analyses how the procedure is developing in Costa Rica as well as its legal justificaitons.
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