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Author Topic: Disclosure and accupuncture?  (Read 1097 times)

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Offline sdguyloveslife

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Disclosure and accupuncture?
« on: June 05, 2009, 10:38:00 AM »
I've seen some posts on here about disclosing to dentists and it raises a question for me about accupuncture.  I had an accupuncture appointment this week & the practicioner was referred to me by a friend.  So, I'm filling out the intake paperwork, and there it is...the HIV question (on this form, it actually asked if I had AIDS, not if I was HIV positive, although truth be told, I do have an AIDS diagnosis)...first time I've had to face this.  My anxiety jumped and I didn't check the box. 

I made my decision based on the fact that since there are needles in the room, I assumed that the accupuncturist would use "universal precautions."  Also, I thought that she probably treats people all the time who don't even know their status!   

I'm still really new to all this (just tested positive in April and just started meds in May) and I've had a pretty wild and scary past 6 weeks.  I just feel that this early on, I need to be vigilant about guarding the privacy of my HIV status.  I also wondered if she might inadvertently disclose my status to my friend, who I have not told. 

Should I have disclosed or do I have a right to my privacy? 





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Re: Disclosure and accupuncture?
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2009, 10:50:04 AM »
Hi Sd,

Yes, any acupuncturist will use universal precautions - in fact most of them, if not all of them, use disposable needles. They will also usually, but not always, use gloves.

So no, you really are under no obligation to disclose. Disclosure to an acupuncturist, like any other health care provider, is for your benefit, not theirs.

However, in this case, I don't know how much good it would do you. Any practitioner in this day and age who would list aids instead of hiv on their intake form can't know much about the illness, so they probably wouldn't know what to do with the information anyway, other than possibly treat you in a discriminatory way.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Disclosure and accupuncture?
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2009, 11:06:48 AM »
There are perhaps thousands of acupuncturists that specialize in complimentary care for people with HIV/AIDS,why don't you try going to one of them instead? They would probably be able to deal with your anxiety about the "A" word as well.  A good acupuncturist would pick up on something going on with your body anyways.

You could always go to an acupressurist/reflexologist which basically does the same thing sans needles. But it is deliciously painful and I find more affective personally.

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Re: Disclosure and accupuncture?
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2009, 11:47:30 AM »
My reflexologist acupressure guy does as he says, quite painful manipulations. That always work, always improve, and always last a long time.

As for the accupuncturist - If this person is connected to chinese medicines as well, then it would be necessary to tell the practitioner your status to take full advantage of the healing system that is accupuncture.

Accupuncturists can identify all kinds of esoteric and not, challenges in the body - but they would need to have honest communication with you.

Find an accupuncturist who treats HIV+ people, or find an accupuncturist who wants to treat you knowing that you are HIV+, and is interested in that.  Its in your DNA. It's got to be quite important for an accupuncturist to know.
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Re: Disclosure and accupuncture?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 09:33:25 PM »
I would tell. I can't say what you should do but I would tell. This person is a Doctor and needs to know my whole profile in order to help resolve whatever it is I am seeing an Accupuncturist for. My sister happens to be a Doctor of Chinesse medicine and Accupuncture. She has a practice in San Diego. I haven't had a session with her since long before my diagnosis ( she knows my status). But if I was seeing her or any other Doctor, Dentist, Tattoo artist and anyone that has the profession that involves breakage of the skin and body fluids I let them know my status or it just defeats the purpose.
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