TITLE

Point: Mandatory HIV/AIDS Status Disclosure is a Violation of Privacy

AUTHOR(S)
Forster, Matt
PUB. DATE
March 2016
SOURCE
Points of View: HIV/AIDS Status & Privacy;3/1/2016, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents an argument that mandatory HIV and AIDS status disclosure is a violation of privacy. The United States government should not require people to disclose their HIV/AIDS status, because such policies are a clear violation of the right to privacy and are ineffective at halting the spread of the disease. When someone reveals that they are infected with HIV, they are opening themselves up to many risks. Additionally, mandatory disclosure keeps many people from ever getting tested in the first place. Those who do get tested anonymously may delay treatment because they are afraid of what it will mean if their medical history is made public. Individuals infected with HIV have valid reasons for wishing to keep their status private. The revelation that a person has tested positive for HIV can exact a heavy toll. Mandatory disclosure is a lose-lose policy. Not only do Americans lose a fundamental right to privacy, ?the right to be left alone,? but public health is also put at risk because such policies simply do not work as intended.
ACCESSION #
12444990

 

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