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A patient comes into the hospital to see his results from an AIDS test his results are positive The patient nervously confesses to the doctor that he did not contract this disease from his wife but from another woman His wife and the doctor are friends theyve been friends throughout school and still maintain a good friendship they occasionally get together or call each other for advice The doctor never actually met her friends husband in person but after looking at his file she notices his last name and phone number are the same as her dear friends The doctor then informs the client of her friendship with his wife Should she tell the wife because he could pass this incurable disease to her Or should she keep this information confidential because of her duty as a doctor This situation creates a moral dilemma because no matter what decision the doctor takes it will oppose a belief In this scenario the patient is the client seeking the service of a doctor Therefore the doctor must take a course of action based on mutual agreement that will not violate their relationship As a professional her primary duty is to serve the client which in this scenario is the patient with AIDS so based on the value of confidentiality the doctor should respect the patients preferences which is to keep this unknown However her other obligation is to forewarn her friend that her husband has AIDS this would prevent her from catching it and dying from this horrible disease Therefore if the doctor does not tell her she compromises the health of her friend But if the doctor does tell her patients wife she would completely compromises the patients autonomy I believe that she should remain silent if the doctor does tell the wife the doctor-patient confidentiality would be broken the patient would no longer be able to choose or have any influence on the reaction
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