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Wife wins case against GPs who did not disclose husband's HIV status

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1286-h (Published 12 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1286
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    In a landmark case about patient confidentiality, two GPs in Australia have been successfully sued for breach of contract and for negligence for failing to ensure that a man who tested positive for HIV told his wife about the result.

    The woman, known as PD and who contracted the infection, has been awarded $A720 000 (£288 000; $US473 400; ‡404 200) by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, which found that the doctors should not have assumed she would have been informed (24 May, p 1107).

    The 28 year old woman and the man from …

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