JAMES L. LEVENSON, M.D.
To the editor: The recent position paper on the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) provides timely and appropriate guidance in many respects (1). I strongly disagree, however, with Position 5, on confidentiality and reporting. It advises, "Beyond mandated reporting requirements to the appropriate public health authority . . . the occurrence of a confirmed positive result in a serologic test for antibody to HTLV-III [human T-lymphotropic virus type III; now human immunodeficiency virus, HIV] should not be communicated by health professionals to any other party except the patient whose blood has been tested."
Physicians do have an obligation to protect their
LEVENSON JL. Position Paper on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;105:466–467. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-466_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):466-467.
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