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Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients

Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients Routine By David H. Gordon, M.D. Testing Advocated • • the AIDS virus spreads through the United States, leaving wide¬ spread, irrational fear in its wake, physicians and other health care workers must develop and maintain a ra¬ tional attitude which permits those who As in September 1987, denouncing doctors who refuse to treat AIDS patients as a "fearful and irrational minority" who are guilty of "unprofessional conduct" (2). In its editorial on August 3, 1987, the New York Times argued that any physician who feels that "his responsibility to him¬ self and his family is greater than to the ethically bound to provide care for AIDS patients to do so while maximizing their own health and safety. Physicians and other health care workers must con¬ tinue to treat AIDS patients. However, they have a right to know whether the patient being treated carries HIV so that maximum precautions can be exercised. I advocate routine preadmission testing of all scheduled hospital admis¬ sions, urgent testing of all acute admis¬ sions, and required reporting of positive results. Since the time of Maimonides and Hip¬ pocrates, the physician has been re¬ garded as a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 1 (3) – Dec 1, 1987

Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 1 (3) – Dec 1, 1987

Abstract

Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients Routine By David H. Gordon, M.D. Testing Advocated • • the AIDS virus spreads through the United States, leaving wide¬ spread, irrational fear in its wake, physicians and other health care workers must develop and maintain a ra¬ tional attitude which permits those who As in September 1987, denouncing doctors who refuse to treat AIDS patients as a "fearful and irrational minority" who are guilty of "unprofessional conduct" (2). In its editorial on August 3, 1987, the New York Times argued that any physician who feels that "his responsibility to him¬ self and his family is greater than to the ethically bound to provide care for AIDS patients to do so while maximizing their own health and safety. Physicians and other health care workers must con¬ tinue to treat AIDS patients. However, they have a right to know whether the patient being treated carries HIV so that maximum precautions can be exercised. I advocate routine preadmission testing of all scheduled hospital admis¬ sions, urgent testing of all acute admis¬ sions, and required reporting of positive results. Since the time of Maimonides and Hip¬ pocrates, the physician has been re¬ garded as a

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Mary Ann Liebert
Copyright
Copyright 1987 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN
0893-5068
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1557-7449
DOI
10.1089/apc.1987.1.34
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Abstract

Personal Opinion HIV Status of Patients Routine By David H. Gordon, M.D. Testing Advocated • • the AIDS virus spreads through the United States, leaving wide¬ spread, irrational fear in its wake, physicians and other health care workers must develop and maintain a ra¬ tional attitude which permits those who As in September 1987, denouncing doctors who refuse to treat AIDS patients as a "fearful and irrational minority" who are guilty of "unprofessional conduct" (2). In its editorial on August 3, 1987, the New York Times argued that any physician who feels that "his responsibility to him¬ self and his family is greater than to the ethically bound to provide care for AIDS patients to do so while maximizing their own health and safety. Physicians and other health care workers must con¬ tinue to treat AIDS patients. However, they have a right to know whether the patient being treated carries HIV so that maximum precautions can be exercised. I advocate routine preadmission testing of all scheduled hospital admis¬ sions, urgent testing of all acute admis¬ sions, and required reporting of positive results. Since the time of Maimonides and Hip¬ pocrates, the physician has been re¬ garded as a

Journal

AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Dec 1, 1987

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