AMA Journal of Ethics®

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2009, Volume 11, Number 12.

Ethics Poll

What People Know about HIV

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

According to a meta-analysis of high-risk behaviors by those who have HIV, which of the following statements is true about how people act after they become aware of their HIV infection?

For the correct answer, read HIV Screening in Health Care Settings in the United States.

The CDC recommends that HIV testing become routine in health care settings and that everyone be tested except for those who specifically refuse testing. This approach is called "opting-out." Others think that testing should only be conducted on those who give specific consent, an approach called "opting-in." After considering the interests of individual patients and the public, which approach do you think is better?
According to a 2009 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which percentages of Americans (a) would not be comfortable having their food prepared by someone with HIV and (b) believe that HIV can be transmitted by sharing a drinking glass, touching a toilet seat, or swimming in a pool with someone who has the virus?

For the correct answer, read HIV Stigma and Discrimination Persist, Even in Health Care.

Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.