Jul 9, 2006
What is the responsibility of a physician to disclose information to a patient from routine blood tests for symptoms relating to general health, if the doctor becomes aware that his patient is HIV? I am begining to suspect that I may be infected and will seek testing as soon as possible. Seeral doctors over the last fifteen years have put me off in seeking general health care services.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thank you for your post.
I'm not exactly clear what your question is-- most general doctors are very happy to provide general health care. Physicians are responsible for reviewing lab results with their patients; likewise, I believe that patients should bear some of the ownership in finding out the results of lab or other diagnostic tests that are obtained.
If you suspect that you're HIV+, get tested-- you can do this with your regular doctor or any one of a number of anonymous (or free) testing sites in your community.
Write back here if you have any difficulty, I'd be happy to assist. BY
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