Partner notification has emerged as an important strategy in the fight against acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and states have now adopted a plethora of laws that encourage or mandate notification, often without thc patient's consent.
As human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection continues to spread among women, the future development of AIDS control strategies and public health laws must be shaped by concern for the safety and autonomy of patients who face a risk of domestic violence.
Three distinct recommendations flow from this premise.
First, all HIV-infected women should be assessed for the risk of domestic violence and offered appropriate interventions.
Second, where a risk of abuse is indicated, partners should never be notified without the patient's consent.
State laws that presently permit involuntary notification should be repealed or amended.
Third, laws that punish a patient's refusal to notify partners should also be modified or repealed.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Femme, Partenaire sexuel, Peur, Violence, Abus sexuel, Milieu familial, Législation, Etats Unis, Déclaration, Virose, Infection, Homme, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Woman, Sex partner, Fear, Violence, Sexual abuse, Family environment, Legislation, United States, Viral disease, Infection, Human, North America, America, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0010838
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.