Tag / AIDS
The Case of Jack: What are the Limits of a Community’s Right to Know?
Scrutinizing the Individual:
What are the limits of a community’s right to know?
Confidentiality in the Age of AIDS: A Case Study in Clinical Ethics
This article presents the case of an HIV-positive patient who presented the treating physician, a psychiatrist, with an ethical dilemma. We provide the details of the case, identify the ethical issues it raises, and examine the ethical principles involved.
In their article, “Confidentiality in the Age of AIDS,” Martin L. Smith and Kevin P. Martin present a complex case in clinical ethics. Their analysis examines a physician’s quandary when treating a mentally incompetent HIV-positive patient: whether to uphold physician-patient confidentiality or to violate this confidentiality by warning a third party.
Ethical HIV Testing
An article in the April 2011 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics addresses ethical concerns over new recommendations for HIV testing, which appear to focus on implementation rather than the recommendations themselves, as discussed here with article co-author Teresa Celada of Wheaton College.