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The Ethics Of Protecting HIV Patients And The Public

It would be difficult to find a way to try and stop those with HIV from exposing others without the consequences of imposing on their rights or making them feel degraded. But there should also be a way for those who do not have HIV, who are sexually active, to better protect themselves. My solution would be to focus on making it so those who get tests, and then come out negative, can then be given something like an official card, signed and dated by their doctor or clinic, to show they have recently been tested and are clean. So when hooking up with a new partner, the partner has the ability to ask to see if the person has been tested resently. This can result in more individuals getting themselves tested, and it would give a tool to let people know if they might be at risk if their partner doesn't have this card or if the card shows it's been a long time since they have been tested (why they don't have a card stays confidencial and can be a hand full of reasons, including simply not having been tested yet). This wouldn't be perfect of course, a person can contract HIV at any time, if they contracted it after they get tested and recieve this card, it would give their partners a faulse sense of security. But I think this is better then making those who have HIV give up their rights to privacy, and I think it's better then not doing anything while something so deadly spreads so fast.

August 4, 2010 at 5:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )