Letters Breach of confidentiality in HIV

Article on breaching confidentiality in HIV confuses personal morals with professional ethics

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2152 (Published 08 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2152
  1. Mary Poulton, consultant sexual health and HIV1,
  2. Jane Anderson, professor and British HIV Association chair2
  1. 1King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Caldecot Centre, King’s College Hospital, London SE5 9RS, UK
  2. 2Centre for the Study of Sexual Health and HIV, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. mary.poulton{at}nhs.net

Chan’s view that patient confidentiality should be breached to protect others at risk of HIV confuses personal morals with professional ethics and is a simplistic view of ethical decision making.1 Although the General Medical Council allows for disclosure of personal information to protect others at risk of serious harm, each case is different. The …

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