Patients can be made to have HIV test to protect doctorBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7435.304-a (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:304
- Tony Sheldon
Dutch doctors have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling that a patient can be ordered to give blood for an HIV test in order to limit injury to a doctor during treatment.
After an appeal process lasting more than two years, the court concluded that the need to limit the damage to a doctor outweighed the relatively minor infringement of the patient's rights.
The judgment goes beyond previous similar cases, which involved a rape or biting by someone suspected of being HIV positive. In such cases, a …