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Disclosure Laws Health care professionals carrying the AIDS virus should inform all patients they come into contact with of their disease and the possible risk factors that it may pose In this paper I will discuss the need for disclosure laws consider and analyze some possible objections against disclosure laws and finally conclude that our society should adopt these laws The main argument for disclosure when considering health care professionals relates to the idea that people have the right to know all risks associated with their care When a doctor becomes ill with some sort of contagious sickness they do not work because they could harm other people However when it comes to AIDS this is another issue because there are only certain ways which one could become infected with the disease In turn this argument is founded on the assumption that HIV positive health care professionals pose a risk to their patients While the risks may be slim when taking necessary precautions there is still a small possibility one might become infected some way therefore no protection is enough So far only one case of HIV transmission from a health care professional to patient has been documented the case involves an HIV positive dentist who might have infected a patient Stryker In this age when we are constantly learning new factors about HIV transmission we cannot afford to take any risks The need for disclosure laws can easily be represented by Mills Principle of Utility The principle is utilitarian which states that a person should do what will benefit the greatest number of people in the long run Utilitarianism also states that preventing pain and promoting pleasure allow people to reach desired ends of life In utilitarianism all matters ultimately in determining the right and wrong choice is the amount of good promoted and evil restrained Having disclosure laws would benefit the greatest number of people in the long run If health care
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