Ethical Question

Posted on February 8, 2013


In my Medical Law & Ethics class the following question was raised:

Is it ETHICAL for an HIV positive healthcare worker to retain their patient care position? Should they reveal their status to their patients? Their employers? Their coworkers? Statistically the healthcare worker is more likely to be infected by a patient (1%) than vice versa. Legally a persons status is their own business and cannot be discriminated against should they reveal their status. But we are not discussing statistics or legalities. Is it ETHICAL, that’s the question.

So please, I’m very curious to hear all opinions…but if you are NOT respectful or are insulting to another person your comment will be removed.

Thank you!