0
Get Alert
Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

Article   |    
HIV and the Mentally Ill: An Approach to the Legal Issues
Stephan Haimowitz
Psychiatric Services 1989; doi:
View Author and Article Information

The author thanks Francine Cournos, M.D., Maureen Empfield, M.D., Ewald Horwath, M.D., and Martin Kramer, M.D., for information about the medical and psychiatric aspects of HIV, and Robin Goldman, J.D., for assistance in developing the legal analysis.

New York State Office of Mental Health, 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, New York 12229

1989 by the American Psychiatric Association

text A A A
PDF of the full text article.
Abstract

The epidemic of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) requires mental health clinicians to make many decisions that present legal dilemmas, yet few clear rules of law exist that address HIV antibody testing, confidentiality of information about patients' HIV status, clinicians' duty to protect third parties, and discrimination against HIV-infected individuals in psychiatric settings. The author recommends a balance between the legal interests of infected and uninfected persons in addressing these issues. HIV antibody testing or disclosure of information about an individual's HIV status without informed consent should be strictly limited and done only when clinically necessary . Nondiscriminatory treatment for HIV-infected patients and protection of uninfected persons is best approached by use of universal infection control procedures and individualized clinical judgment.

Abstract Teaser
Figures in this Article

Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.
Sign In to Access Full Content
 
Username
Password
Sign in via Athens (What is this?)
Athens is a service for single sign-on which enables access to all of an institution's subscriptions on- or off-site.
Not a subscriber?

Subscribe Now/Learn More

PsychiatryOnline subscription options offer access to the DSM-5 library, books, journals, CME, and patient resources. This all-in-one virtual library provides psychiatrists and mental health professionals with key resources for diagnosis, treatment, research, and professional development.

Need more help? PsychiatryOnline Customer Service may be reached by emailing PsychiatryOnline@psych.org or by calling 800-368-5777 (in the U.S.) or 703-907-7322 (outside the U.S.).

+

References

+
+

CME Activity

There is currently no quiz available for this resource. Please click here to go to the CME page to find another.
Submit a Comments
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of APA editorial staff.

* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe



Related Content
Articles
Books
Gabbard's Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 4th Edition > Chapter 22.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 49.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 41.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 49.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 38.  >
Topic Collections
Psychiatric News
APA Guidelines
PubMed Articles