Psychological and ethical implications of HIV screening

  • Patricia Wilkie

Abstract

Two groups of people may become identified as HIV sero-positive through testing in relation to blood or blood products. First there are those who come forward as blood donors and who are found to be sero-positive. Secondly there are those haemophiliacs who have been found to be sero-positive presumably after having received an infusion of infected blood products. These two groups have some similarities in that they are HIV sero-positive without necessarily showing symptoms of AIDS, but in other respects they are different. The source of the infection is different. The psychological and emotional responses may vary and therefore the type of long-term counselling and support they need may be different. While one must not underestimate the difficulties facing a non-haemophiliac sero-positive patient, the problems facing an HIV sero-positive haemophiliac are very great indeed because he also has haemophilia.

Keywords

Hepatitis Rubber Tuberculosis Fractionation Expense 

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