Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disclosure and Patient Confidentiality in Orthopaedic Procedures

O'Reilly, Michael P.; Farrell, Caroline L.; Garrett, Margaret R.; Khanuja, Harpal S.
December 2009
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume;Dec2009, Vol. 91-A Issue 12, p3005
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article presents a case study of a 32-year-old man with hemophilia who complained of knee pain and was referred for a total knee arthroplasty. It states that the surgeon inquired into the patient's human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) viral load and CD4 antigen count. The patient admitted his (HIV)-positive status, but said that his wife was unaware of it. Legal and ethical aspects of disclosure are discussed in the context of HIV and this case.


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