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Patients must disclose infectious diseases, Israeli doctors say

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:668
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    The Israel Medical Association has called for a law to be passed requiring all patients to tell doctors who treat them about any infectious disease they have.

    The call follows a week long brouhaha that erupted when a Hebrew language daily news-paper, Ha'aretz, published the fact that the internationally known pop star Ofra Haza had died of complications of AIDS.

    The refusal by Ms Haza and her family to reveal that she was infected with HIV “magnified the stigma …

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