This is the most basic patient’s rights! The only answer is NO. Patient confidentiality is what we must respect and it is not our job in the first place. So I would just ignore and continue my work — checking the EMR. I can’t interfere with other people’s issues, even in a “friendly” situation because where I gained this information is because I accidentally found it. I was not even a physician who ordered the test, so I have no right to bring this issue up and talk about it in any way. So, speaking of should my friend not know about this because she might be at risk.. well, to be honest I really think she should have been informed, but like I said, I am in no position to do that as I believe that the physician who ordered this test must have given the husband a choice and prior counselling beforehand. If I were a physician who conducted the HIV test for the husband, I would try my best to convince him to tell his partner (in other word, my friend). That’s the best I can do and I am obliged to withhold that information from any one other than him.
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