Confidentiality of human immunodeficiency virus status on autopsy reports

O. W. Clarke, J. Glasson, A. M. August, J. A. Barrasso, C. H. Epps, R. McQuillan, C. W. Plows, V. N. Ruff, G. T. Wilkins, D. Orentlicher, K. A. Halkola

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The medical profession has long recognized the need to maintain the confidentiality of a patient's medical condition, particularly when stigmatizing conditions, like human immunodeficiency virus infections, are involved. The obligation to maintain confidentiality continues after the death of the patient. At the same time, there may be public health concerns that justify limited disclosure of a deceased person's human immunodeficiency virus status. This report provides guidelines that balance the need for confidentiality with public health concerns when a deceased person infected with the human immunodeficiency virus undergoes an autopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1120-1123
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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