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Commentary: Let’s talk about sex

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 17 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k76
  1. Tamás Bereczky, HIV activist, and communications adviser
  1. European AIDS Treatment Group, Brussels, Belgium
  1. tamas.bereczky{at}

Because HIV is often transmitted sexually, it is normal for healthcare workers to ask patients with HIV/AIDS about their sexual orientation and behaviour. Unfortunately, for many years healthcare professionals sought to notify and test previous and current sexual partners to try to understand the epidemiology. When compulsory, such “partner mapping” denies patients’ right to privacy, and in most parts of Europe it is now …

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