Australian doctors fight over HIV testingBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6936.1058 (Published 23 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1058
- C Zinn
A controversial debate over compulsory HIV testing of surgical patients has split the Australian Medical Association and sparked an ethical debate. The association is at loggerheads after its New South Wales branch called for compulsory testing after the publication of a study showing a high incidence of needlestick injuries among health professionals. The association says that compulsory disclosure and testing for HIV status would do nothing to protect the profession.
Dr Michael Eagleton, president of the New South Wales branch of the …