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A Physician's Ethical Dilemma

Summary: A doctor's HIV-infected patient threatens him with legal action and the loss of his practice if the doctor tells the patient's wife about her husband's condition. Does the doctor tell the wife and possibly save her life, violating doctor-patient confidentiality in the process? Or does he remain silent, allowing him to continue to practice medicine while another human life falls in danger of contracting AIDS?
Confidentiality

Toby Kiwi is a college graduate and a newlywed. He is sitting nervously in the waiting room of Doctor Rawb's clinic after taking a HIV test. Mr. Kiwi thinks he really has no reason to be worried because he has used a condom during all of his sexual experiences. Finally the doctor calls him into an examining room so they can talk in private. The doctor breaks the news to him gently that he has contracted the AIDS virus. Mr. Kiwi lets the facts sink in as the doctor explains to him what the virus is and how it will affect his body. When the doctor mentions telling Mrs. Kiwi, Mr. Kiwi finally speaks up.

He says, "There is no way that I can tell her, and you can't either. If you even think about it, I'll make sure you lose your practice and everything that goes...

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