July 5, 2012
Wisconsin Hospital Sued Again for Improper HIV Disclosure
The University of Wisconsin Hospital has been subjected to a lawsuit after a patient's HIV-positive status was disclosed to various family members in 2010, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Not only did a hospital resident inform the man's wife and son of his test results, but other personnel also went on to disclose his status to additional family members even after agreeing to put other safeguards into place, such as a password to be used before such discussions. As a result, he was forced to reveal same-sex extramarital encounters, which he'd intended to keep secret. A similar lawsuit was filed eight months earlier by another patient whose mother was informed he had HIV; that case is currently in court-ordered mediation.
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Stefan Neterowicz, Portage, WI, 2012-07-30 10:21:28
Protecting the Infected
Regarding the article about UW hospital and the HIV disclosure- Why does the confidentiality of an infected individual override the health concerns of the public? When you have a situation, termed a “pandemic” many years ago, where individuals who carry a fatal transmissible disease are protected to a greater extent than the uninfected members of society who are at risk of contracting the disease because of lack of information about which individuals are infected, it’s
wes, milwaukee, 2012-07-22 10:53:53
I think it was right for the hospital to inform the wife, no other members of the family. It is wife right to tell the son. But wife has 100% right to know because he could infect her with HIV, was he gonna keep it a secret and still have sex with wife? that is wrong. Jon, Raleigh, He is the one that could have criminal charges for not disclosing HIV status to the wife when he knew he had HIV. In my opinion this guy is a As....hole
jjbearphx, Phoenix, 2012-07-10 10:18:33
Is it a violation of of disclosure laws? Family Has the rt to know in hospitalizations. A spouse or parent has auto Med POA unless otherwise indicated. A hospital can not functionally treat a patient if they can not tell direct fam what is wrong so that decisions are properly made. Your Blank is dying or needs surgery but we can't tell you why, does not work! Heppa is violated every time an EMT or Paramedic transferrs care to an ER under implied consent laws. Hospitals use the same with family.
Jon, Raleigh, 2012-07-08 14:52:11
The hospital should not only suffer a civil lawsuit, with considerable monitary damages, but also criminal charges, both corporate and individuals. This cannot go unpunished. Health & medical privacy are of the utmost importance.
None, CA, 2012-07-07 10:26:02
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I'm on the side of his wife. If he was hiv positive and still having sex with her, then I'm glad the hospital told her.
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