MANDATORY HIV TESTING James G. Anderson, Ph.D.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS • What are the arguments for and against mandatory testing of health care workers? • What are the arguments for and against mandatory testing of patients? • How can we balance the rights of health care workers and patients to privacy and confidentiality? • How do we minimize the possibility of financial harm to health care workers and patients?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS • Is the risk of HIV infection great enough to warrant action compared to other risks in the health care setting? • Are there other risks that healthcare workers take with their patients that might cause harm? Do patients have a right to know about them? • Do patients have a right to know about impaired health care workers (e.g., alcoholics, drug addicts, etc)?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS • Does adherence to universal precautions make the risks acceptable? • Is the physician’s livelihood a major consideration? • Does “informed consent” require informing patients of the risk?