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AIDS and Confidentiality Does an AIDS patient have rights to FULL confidentiality Meaning being does an AIDS patient have the right to deny this information to their spouse andor sexual partner Even greater does a physician have an obligation to inform the partner A lot of controversy is currently occurring due to this topic In a recent case Mr B a twenty-eight year old prominent member of the city council was recently tested positive for HIV antibodies the virus that causes AIDS He currently has no symptoms so it is not yet obvious to anyone but him and his doctor that he is infected He was informed that he had between a five and thirty-five percent chance of developing AIDS in the next five years Mr B was told that it was very possible to spread this disease through sexual contact needles or donating blood - among various other methods He was counseled to take preventative measures from spreading the virus Later Mr B revealed that he was bisexual and that he probably contacted the virus through a homosexual encounter He is also engaged to a woman He then refused to tell his fiance because it could ruin his marriage plans Our ethical dilemma is this Should the doctor inform the fiance Should he protect the doctorpatient confidentiality What if Mr B had an affair with the physicians daughter Should he break the privilege then What about the other sexual partners Mr B has had sex with Ho far should confidentiality be taken in this case IF confidentiality is a prima facie duty what would constitute the overriding of confidentiality First off the most important question is whether or not this is a prima facie situation My answer is yes There are certain cases which are the majority where the patient should be granted full confidentiality Patients could lose jobs face public outcast and become the subject of strong prejudice if certain people knew about
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