Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Workplace and Insurance IssuesWorkplace and Insurance Issues
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Confidentiality of drugs listed on drug screen
Sep 19, 2005

I will be submitting a urine specimen for a drug screen in several days. I currently take Sustiva, which is known to sometimes cause false positives for cannabinoids. While the specimen is going to a major reference lab for testing, I do not know the how the sample will be processed (EMIT, GC/MS). If I put sustiva on the list of prescriptions I am currently taking, will this be reported to my employer. I am not worried about my status at the collection facility, as it is the same one I have my HIV labs collected.

Response from Ms. Breuer

The testing agency should not be reporting meds to your employer for this screen. YOu are correct to be concerned about which assay they use, though. Rather than naming the medication, why not just tell them that, for an accurate result, your pharmacist has told you that your sample needs to be tested using the GC/MS test? Ask them to verify that they'll use that assay, and you'll protect your information and be able to relax.

Your status at the collection facility is a confidential matter. Such agencies are subject to huge suits and fines if they disclose results to anyone other than the treating physician or the patient.



Previous
HIV disclosure in daycares
Next
Heterosexual Family Dealing with HIV

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement