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Facing Legal and Ethical Challenges in the Treatment of AIDS 

Facing Legal and Ethical Challenges in the Treatment of AIDS
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Facing Legal and Ethical Challenges in the Treatment of AIDS
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Warren B. Treisman

and Glenn J. Treisman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195399349.003.0077
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date: 17 June 2019

Physicians who manage people living with HIV sometimes must grapple with issues that are not strictly medical in nature. One such important area, which is the focus of this chapter, pertains to the legal implications of treatment decisions and the need for the physician to avoid legal liability. In this chapter, we consider three issues that can be of particular relevance to physicians treating HIV-positive patience: weighing patient confidentiality against the need to inform endangered third-parties of possible harm, questions pertaining to physician-assisted suicide, and the challenge of obtaining informed consent in the setting of cognitive impairment. This chapter can provide valuable background on these important issues. Nonetheless, legal questions such as these have State- and Country-specific legal analyses, so the at-risk practitioner is strongly advised to explore the applicable statutes and case law.

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