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Medical Confidentiality and Public Disclosure of HIV Status

Mae, Paul (2004) Medical Confidentiality and Public Disclosure of HIV Status. Journal of South Pacific Law, 8 (2004). pp. 1-9. ISSN 1684-5307

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In the Pacific Islands the public disclosure of the names of people infected with HIV has, at various times, been proposed as a sound response to the threat of HIV,[2] most recently by a Member of Parliament in Solomon Islands. The news report covering the statement said ‘Dr Aumanu said if health authorities continue to hide the identity of the people living with HIV/AIDS, then the disease will continue to be secretly and privately transmitted.’[3] Such proposals, however, violate the privacy of people living with HIV/AIDS. (PLWHA) This article provides a comparative study of medical practitioners’ duty of confidentiality concerning HIV/AIDS in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) and the UK and Australia. The paper intends to analyse the conditions under which medical practitioners can disclose confidential information in different jurisdictions. This is done with a view to identify a possible approach the PICs should take regarding this matter. The research only look at some PICs, namely; Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Fiji.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Law
Depositing User: Paul Mae
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2019 00:23
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2019 00:23

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