Responding to Post


Respondingto Post


Informationconcerning a patient should be kept private by health practitioners,and patients should have the assurance that their health data will bekept confidential (California Department of Public Health, 2010).According to the professional ethics, it is the responsibility of thehealth practitioners to ensure that any details of the clients aremaintained secretly even if it seems basic. Through ensuring that theinformation is kept confidential, the patients would be guardedagainst extortion by third parties such as burglars or those who havethe desire of defaming a person. The post presents the argument ofwhether there is a need to disclose information concerning a personwho has sought medical ground to know the HIV status. The probingquestion here is whether according to the CA laws, there is the needto provide the confidential information about the HIV status of aclient. According to the legal provisions of CA, the identity of aninfected person needs to be protected. This being the case, I wouldargue that there is no need of breaking the privacy since as ahealth practitioner, one has to go by the professional ethics.Therefore, I would not support the idea of giving out the healthstatus of the client.


CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health (2010). California HIV/AIDS Laws, 2009.Retrieved from


Inthe second post, the issue of privacy in the healthcare practice isevident. According to the scenario, a health practitioner noticesthat the boyfriend to the sister has HIV and is caught up in adilemma of whether to inform the sister or not because of theprofessional ethics. The probing question here concerns whether thepractitioner should reveal the HIV status of the sister’s boyfriendor not. According to Branson &amp Semaan (2009), it is healthpractitioners need to maintain confidentiality of the HIV status ofclients. In the case presented, I would argue that it is important tostick to professional ethics, but when one is faced with a dilemma,there is a need to follow what is morally upright. This emanates fromthe moral reasoning. In the scenario, I would consider disclosing theinformation to the sister because of the risks involved.


Branson,M.B. &amp Semaan, S. (2009). HIVScreening in Health Care Settings in the United States. AMAJournal of Ethics,Vol. 11 (12) 974-979.