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Elective surgery and the HIV-positive patient: medical, legal, and ethical issues.


J La State Med Soc. 1999 May;151(5):245-9. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

The ethical and legal issues surrounding the healthcare provider's obligation to provide care for patients have been a topic of debate since the beginning of modern medicine. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patient requesting cosmetic or elective surgery provides yet another situation in which the physician's ethical and legal responsibilities for the patient become a topic of debate. The risks involved to the physician and patient are first discussed, and then current ethical theory and legal decisions are reviewed. Finally, some conclusions are attempted from the varied opinions in the literature surrounding this controversial topic.

JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW REVIEW, TUTORIAL *Ethics, Medical Human HIV Seropositivity/*THERAPY HIV-1/*IMMUNOLOGY *Legislation, Medical Morals Risk Factors *Surgical Procedures, Elective United States


Information in this article was accurate in September 30, 1999. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.