HIV Prevention Study Results Raise Public Health Questions About Forcing Patients Into Treatment
May 23, 2011
A New York Times "Week In Review" article examines how the results of a recent study showing combination antiretroviral therapy can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by 96 percent "reopens old questions" about the rights of patients to refuse therapy and whether doctors, in the interest of public health, should force patients to start treatment. The piece notes that "[s]everal AIDS clinicians interviewed for this article said the idea of forcing treatment onto a patient was repulsive to them" and describes several historical cases in which patients can be made to receive treatment for "legal circumstances" (McNeil, 5/21).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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