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JayGarnes
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Should your healthcare provider tell you about having an std

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Skeptikitten
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/30/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JayGarnes

Pro

My opinion it all depends on who are you are dealing with. If you want to know, then you should ask. But I don"t think it"s necessary unless they are dealing with your food. But most people are afraid that the disease wil be spread not that a certain person that has the disease.
Skeptikitten

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First of all I thank my opponent for posting this debate, and accept.


As the Con, I will argue that there is no valid reason a healthcare provider should be required to disclose his or her STD status or for that matter any personal health information to a patient. STD status is irrelevant to the quality of care provided to a patient, and as the term "Sexually Transmitted Disease" implies the vast majority of these diseases are spread through sexual or oral contact. In addition, healthcare providers are required to adhere to stringent standards of sanitation and precaution, such as frequent handwashing and the use of gloves when touching a patient or takng samples.

This disclosure is also a gross invasion of a healthcare provider's privacy, and a clear violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which states that individually identifiable health information can only be disclosed to another healthcare provider for treatment without the patient's express permission.

Disclosure of the health status of a healthcare provider could also irreparably damage his or her career, whether from stigma or fear of a public uninformed of how diseases are transmitted.
Debate Round No. 1
JayGarnes

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Skeptikitten

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Since my opponent has forfeited, I must assume he does not intend to defend his position.


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Debate Round No. 2
JayGarnes

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My opponent forfeits again.


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Debate Round No. 3
JayGarnes

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Skeptikitten

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Full forfeit. Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Adam2 3 years ago
Adam2
@Skeptkitten
STFU and SMD
Posted by Skeptikitten 3 years ago
Skeptikitten
I don't think you understood the question. The question was whether a provider had to tell a patient about the PROVIDER'S STD, not the patient's.

Of course a doctor has a responsibility to tell a patient of his or her health- he just has no obligation to inform the patient of the doctor's health status.
Posted by brant.merrell 3 years ago
brant.merrell
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study (1932-1972) didn't tell most of its participants about their STDs. They called the condition "Bad Blood" and gave them benign injections so they could watch the disease spread, and perform autopsies on the bodies.
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Reasons for voting decision: I hate white people.