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
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LEVENSON JL. Position Paper on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. 1986;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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