HIV, Confidentiality, and Duty to Protect: A Decision-Making Model
Mental health professionals are confronted with complex issues surrounding confidentiality and duty to protect when treating clients with HIV. These professionals need to consider various factors when applying Tarasoff principles to protect potential victims, including the foreseeability of harm, the identifiability of the victim, and appropriate protective action. Professional ethical guidelines and legal mandates also need to be considered. The purpose of this article is to discuss the ethical and legal dilemmas faced by clinicians and to introduce a decision-making model that takes into account individual state laws.
American Psychological Association
Chenneville, T. (2000). HIV, Confidentiality, and Duty to Protect: A Decision-Making Model. Professional Psychology, Research, and Practice 2000. Vol. 31, No. 6, 661-670.
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