HIV/AIDS Ethics Term Paper by hicaliber

This paper discusses how health care professionals who encounter HIV/AIDS must rely on personal ethical principles.
# 95180 | 818 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on May 17, 2007 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues) , Ethics (General)

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The paper notes that caring for persons with HIV/AIDS has become a fundamental feature of all health care professions, due to the staggering rates of infection worldwide. The paper explains that becoming aware of the numerous nuances in ethical reasoning can help guide a health care professional's decisions in providing optimal care for patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The paper discusses how preserving patient confidentiality and minimizing medical paternalism have become keys to providing ethical treatment for all patients. Yet, the paper points out that health care workers may have to break the patient's confidentiality in order to preserve public health, one of the key responsibilities of the health care professional.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Johnston, Carolyn and Slowther, Anne. "Patient Information and Confidentiality." UK Clinical Ethics Network. Sept 2003. Retrieved Sept 15, 2006 from
  • Hamblin, Julie. "People Living with HIV: The Law, Ethics, and Discrimination." UNDP Issue Paper No. 4. Retrieved Sept 15, 2006 from
  • Ruddick, William. "Medical Ethics." Encyclopedia of Ethics. Lawrence and Charlotte Becker, Eds. 2nd edition. Garland, 1998. Retrieved Sept 15, 2006 from

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