HIV antibody testing should be routine investigation

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.751 (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:751

Suggestion is appalling

  1. Paul Lister, Consultant in genitourinary medicine and HIV/AIDS
  1. Roehampton Clinic, Queen Mary's University Hospital, London SW15 5PN

    EDITOR,—G M Scott's letter about HIV testing in the investigation of undiagnosed pneumonia raises important issues.1 Scott contends that a clinician's freedom to investigate an illness may be compromised by the requirement for informed consent to HIV testing. This view fails to acknowledge that a clinician's responsibility to investigate and treat can be reconciled with the patient's right to information.

    HIV testing is important to help confirm or exclude suspected diagnoses. In the case cited, Scott implies that the clinicians were …

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