Navigation Links
Patient Confidentiality Must Be Ensured-UNAIDS

In order to protect the almost 40 million men, women and children living with HIV from potential stigma and discrimination, the United Nations agency dealing with AIDS today released new guidelines to ensure that patient confidentiality is not compromised in the process of collecting and storing information on the virus.

UNAIDS Senior Technical Officer Eddy Beck said the Interim Guidelines on Protecting the Confidentiality and Security of HIV Information were developed through a workshop supported by the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

According to the guidelines, using data for public health goals must be balanced against the rights of individuals to privacy and confidentiality. Among the recommendations, they call for countries to adopt privacy and confidentiality laws.

Some of the main recommendations from the guidelines include:

* Health data needs to improve health and reduce harm for all people. Policies, procedures, and technical methods must be balanced to protect both;

* Individual and public rights must be balanced, and should be based on human rights principles;

* Within countries, privacy and confidentiality laws should be developed and put in place; relevant parameters of privacy or confidentiality laws must be reviewed and known by all persons accessing health data;

* The development and review of laws and procedures related to HIV information needs active participation from relevant stakeholders, including people living with and affected by HIV, health care professionals, and legal and ethical experts.

Funding organisations should comply with these guidelines and make funding available to implement them.

Maintaining security and confidentiality must be a condition for funding.

Together, stigma and discrimination constitute one of the greatest barriers to dealing effectively with the epidemic, according to U NAIDS. They discourage governments from taking timely action against AIDS, and they deter individuals from finding out about their HIV status.

They also inhibit those who know they are infected from sharing their diagnosis and taking action to protect others and from seeking treatment and care for themselves, the agency said.

AIDS or HIV is the leading killer in todays world with more and more cases being reported from all over the world. In the US the government has declared June 27 as the national HIV testing day.

In conjunction with the national goal of promoting public awareness and prevention of HIV, the Department of Health in differents are encouraging all sexually active citizens to get tested for HIV.

'Getting people tested is the first step in linking infected people to appropriate care, treatment and prevention services,' said Lynda Kettinger, director of DHEC's STD/HIV Division. 'This year's theme, 'Take the Test, Take Control,' encourages people at high risk for HIV to learn their status and gain access to the most appropriate system of care if they are infected.'

The Department provides free, confidential testing across the state in local county health department locations. The test will produce results in less than a half-hour instead of the usual week or two. 'That's the 20-minute finger-stick blood test,' she said, noting that traditional intravenous needle testing will also be available at the health department.

Nationwide, the largest number of HIV/AIDS cases occurred among persons aged 35-39 years and accounted for 16% of all cases diagnosed in 2005. However, from 2001-2005, a significant increase of HIV/AIDS was seen among the 15-34 age group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 252,000 and 315,000 out of more than 1.039 million HIV-positive individuals nationwide are unaware that they have HIV.

An increas ing number of cases have been reported among all races and ethnicities, with the sharpest increase among African Americans.

The earlier people know their status, the quicker they can begin treatment, which leads to longer and healthier lives.

With the UNAIDS stressing the need for patient confidentiality, people testing for HIV need not fear any social stigma.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. One in Three Heart Attack Patients Have No Chest Pains
2. Amphetamines Help Recovery of Stroke Patients
3. Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients Lives
4. Patients With Filariasis More Prone To HIV Infection
5. Glivec - New Hope For CMC Patients
6. Patient’s perception of health status helps in better recover
7. Patients often assume wrongly that they are allergic to penicillin
8. New FDA Approved Drug NATRECOR For Heart Failure Patients
9. Hemochromatosis Patients Blood is Safe
10. Fifth US Patient Receives Artificial Heart
11. Patients Pressure Would Result In Overprescription
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to ... , “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there ... my other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that ... chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent ... special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, ... and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their ... to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils ... an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic ... 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as a ... that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome men, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... MEMS Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" ... The report contains up to date financial data ... analysis. Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the ... analysis of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 , ... on Thursday, July 7, 2016 , , , , LOCATION: ... , , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , ... Senior Industry Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing an exceptional era. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  Guerbet announced today that it has been named ... . One of 12 suppliers to receive ... support of Premier members through exceptional local customer service ... to lower costs. ... outstanding customer service from Premier," says Massimo Carrara ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: