Australian doctors in confidentiality controversy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:971

The Australian Medical Association is at the centre of controversy over its draft plans to allow doctors to breach confidentiality if their patients refuse to tell their sexual partner that they have HIV infection or AIDS.

The existence of the draft statement was revealed in the association's newsletter, Australian Medicine. The association said that the contentious clause relating to confidentiality had been withdrawn before publication, but that did not stop an …

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