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Indian Supreme Court rules that HIV positive people inform spouses

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 28 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1474
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that people who are HIV positive must inform future spouses of their infection. In a judgment made public last week, the court also said that hospitals could not be charged with violating medical ethics when they disclosed the HIV positive status of an infected individual to a person he or she intended to marry.

    The judgment followed a petition by an HIV positive …

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