Originally Posted by Skeptic Ginger
They are not the same. But breaking the law is unethical.
Hell yes, it does.
Now you are moving the goalposts. Still, we have dealt with HIV disclosure issues before. We report to the State, the State handles partner disclosure. We also encourage the patient to self-disclose before that happens.
For certain infectious diseases covered by other law, yes. Paramount in any ethical decision on partner disclosure is complying with the law. If the State mandates or specifically allows partner disclosure directly by the doctor, then do it. If the law does not allow it, then donít.
Ethics requires following the law.
Sure, but more important is the duty to the patient. The patient has a fundamental right to know their diagnosis and a fundamental right to consent to treatment. You incorporate the cultural concerns by including the family in the discussion and finding out, ultimately, how the patient wants to handle these issues -itís their choice.
I saw that and edited mine. In short, bad medical judgement, not really ethics.