HIV Disclosure Case Study by The Research Group

HIV Disclosure
This paper presents a hypothetical case study regarding the ethics of disclosing to at-risk individuals the possibility of acquiring AIDS-related virus.
# 18622 | 1,350 words | 5 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2003 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Ethics (General)

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"This paper discusses the issues of bioethics as they relate to a specific case--that of an East Coast businessman, W.E., who discovers that he is HIV-positive but who refuses to disclose this information to his wife. The doctor who makes the diagnosis is in San Francisco, but he feels obligated to notify W.E.'s hometown doctor and to tell this physician that he should inform W.E.'s wife (W.E.'s doctor is not her personal physician).

At least three major issues are raised by this scenario: the San Francisco physician's disclosure of information to a family doctor without the permission of the patient; the patient's obligation to his wife and children, who might need treatment; and the family physician's responsibility--is he supposed to protect patient confidentiality and not tell the ... "

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