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AIDS Treatmaent refusal
Apr 30, 2003

Should doctors have the right to refuse treatment to patients with the virus?

Response from Dr. Young

This is a difficult question to answer without specifics- but in general, there are certainly situations where healthcare providers might refuse treatment (I'm assuming this means antiretroviral therapy). Cases that come to mind are the non-adherent person, persons that fail to obtain regular follow up in the clinic.

In general, I'd like to think that all persons who need, and request care should be able to access qualified medical care. -BY



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