The case against compulsory casefinding in controlling AIDS - Testing, screening and reporting

L. O. Gostin, W. J. Curran, M. E. Clark

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Abstract

The spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) demands a comprehensive and effective public health response. Because no treatment or vaccine is currently available, traditional infection control measures are being considered. Proposals include compulsory testing and screening of selected high risk populations. The fairness and accuracy of compulsory screening programs depend upon the reliability of medical technology and the balancing of public health and individual confidentiality interests. This Article proposes criteria for evaluating compulsory testing and screening programs. It concludes that voluntary indentification, education, and counselling of infected persons is the most effective means of encouraging the behavioral changes that are necessary to halt the spread of AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-53
Number of pages47
JournalAmerican Journal of Law and Medicine
Volume12
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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