Legal and Ethical Aspects of HIV Psychiatry

Maria Tiamson-Kassab, William McColl, Kenneth Ashley

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This chapter examines a number of legal and ethical issues that have been associated with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic related to testing protocols. Included are issues of informed consent, pre- and post-test counseling, opt-in vs opt-out testing, mandatory testing, and the reporting of test results. In addition to topics related to testing, there are the associated issues related to confidentiality reviewed in this chapter. Finally, the chapter covers laws related to the criminalization of HIV and the issue of blood donation as well as laws and policies which need to be reviewed and updated based on current scientific knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHIV Psychiatry
Subtitle of host publicationA Practical Guide for Clinicians
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030806651
ISBN (Print)9783030806644
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood donation
  • HIV criminalization
  • Informed consent
  • Mandatory testing
  • Opt-in testing
  • Opt-out testing
  • Post-test counseling
  • Pre-testing counseling


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