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Letters Breach of confidentiality in HIV

Good quality partner notification should not compromise rights to confidentiality in HIV

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 08 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2148
  1. Sarah Radcliffe, senior policy officer1
  1. 1National AIDS Trust, London EC1V 9FR, UK
  1. sarah.radcliffe{at}

Balancing the competing duties of maintaining privacy in a doctor-patient relationship with minimising potential harm caused by non-disclosure of HIV status is not easy.1 The National AIDS Trust does not believe the problem will be resolved by reducing confidentiality rights. It is easy to characterise the behaviour of hypothetical patients as selfish and objectionable, but this simple moralistic …

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