Anonymous
Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsSTDs · 1 decade ago

??Doctors responsibility of informing on an STD?

If a patients spouse has an extra-marital affair and contracts and STD (Herpes 2) does the treating physician have a responsibility to inform the other spouse of risks, if they are the primary Physician to the couple?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    due to patient confidentiality, i don't think the doctor has the right to tell. BUT in many states, it is illegal for someone to KNOW that they have a STD and not tell their partner...

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  • 1 decade ago

    No, it is illegal for a Dr. to reveal someone's medical information to another person, even their spouse, without the patient's express permission. The only exception is if it is information about a child under the age of 12 and even in that case, only to their parent or legal guardian.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No that is not the physicians responsibily it is the couples...the only two STDs that a physician is supossed to inform sexual partners of is Syphilis and HIV. I learned this in a class I took on STDs. You are supossed to know your partner before you have sex with them, use protection.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    no patient confidentiality includes spouse.

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