HIV and AIDS: Testing, Screening, and Confidentiality

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Testing and screening for HIV and AIDS give rise to ethical, legal, and social issues of the most controversial and delicate kind. In this highly important book, an international team of eighteen doctors, philosophers, and lawyers present a fresh and thorough discussion of these issues. They not only aim to show the way to practical advances but also to provide an accessible guide to the debates for readers who have not been previously introduced to them. And they pay particular attention to the sensitive nature of the information yielded by a test for the HIV antibody. Together, the essays illuminate public policy and medical practice in connection with HIV and AIDS as well as broader issues about professional ethics and individual rights in other medical and social contexts.

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"A thought-provoking resource for anyone interested in ethics, law, and social policy."—Choice
A thought-provoking resource for anyone interested in ethics, law, and social policy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199243143
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Issues in Biomedical Ethics Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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both at the University of Manchester
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Rebecca Bennett and Charles A. Erin
2. HIV Testing and Screening: Current Practicalities and Future Possibilities, Gerald Corbitt
3. Counselling and HIV Testing: Ethical Dilemmas, Lorraine Sher
4. HIV Screening: Benefits and Harms for the Individual and the Community, Catherine Manuel
5. HIV/AIDS Testing, Screening, and Confidentiality: An American Perspective, Edward P. Richards III
6. Compensation and Consent: A Brief Comparative Examination of Liability for HIV-Infected Blood, Dieter Giesen
7. Individual Responsibility for Health, Inez de Beaufort
8. Is Society Responsible for My Health?, Søren Holm
9. HIV/AIDS and the Point and Scope of Medical Confidentiality, Anton Vedder
10. Can Counsellors Care for their Patients and Be Advocates of Third-Party Interests?, Medard T. Hilhorst
11. Screening, Testing, and Health Care Professionals, Calliope C. S. Farsides
12. Fiduciary Relationship: An Ethical Approach and a Legal Concept, Margaret Brazier and Mary Lobjoit
13. Ethical Aspects of the Use of 'Sensitive Information' in Health Care Research, Søren Holm and Peter Rossel
14. AIDS and Insurance, Tom Sorell and Heather Draper
15. Should We Routinely Test Pregnant Women for HIV?, Rebecca Bennett
16. Who Should Know About My HIV Positivity and Why?, Heta Häyry
17. Is There a Right to Remain in Ignorance of HIV Status, Charles A. Erin
Annexe: AIDS, Ethics, Justice, and European Policy: Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

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