Janice and Mike are both getting treated for HIV. They found a physician through the HIV clinic who helped them deliver a healthy baby girl whose initial test was negative. Their eldest child also tested negative.
Consent and confidentiality
Reflective exercise 3
If you were discussing the following questions with a colleague who has also been working on the case, how would you state your position on these issues?
- Does the obstetrician have an obligation to accept this patient? Why or why not?
- In not accepting the patient, is she behaving unprofessionally? Why or why not?
- Did Dr. Randall act correctly? What other action might he have taken and why?