Disclosure of HIV status on informed consent forms presents an ethical dilemma for protection of human subjects

Ronald H. Gray, Nelson K. Sewankambo, Maria J. Wawer, David Serwadda, Noah Kiwanuka, Tom Lutalo

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The privacy of copies of consent forms provided to research participants cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, consent forms that disclose a subject's HIV status may result in breach of confidentiality and cause social harms. Under the ethical principle of beneficence defined in the Belmont Report, we recommend that disclosure of HIV status be through voluntary counseling and testing; however, whenever possible, copies of consent form should not specify HIV status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)246-248
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006



  • Disclosure
  • Ethics
  • HIV status
  • Informed consent
  • Stigmatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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