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Author Topic: website with disclosure laws  (Read 1379 times)

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Offline tippytu

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website with disclosure laws
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:19:27 AM »
Can anyone point me to a reputable website with state laws regarding disclosures to drs & physicians... thanks
« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 05:02:57 PM by Jeff G »

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Re: website wuth disclosure laws
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 04:32:19 PM »
I am not aware of anY law that demands that you disclose your HIV status to a physician of any sort.

It boggles my mind why anyone would withhold pertinent information from a healthcare professional, however. Could you elaborate?

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: website wuth disclosure laws
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 04:40:06 PM »
I agree with Jonathan -- physicians take standardized precautions under the assumption that all patients can possibly have HIV. But from the patient's point of view it's to your utmost advantage for the physician to be aware of any and medical conditions you currently have, as well as the medications you take for it.

You're really messing with potential pitfalls by withholding this sort of information from your physician. If you are uncomfortable disclosing fully such medical information (maybe you live in a small town, or you are seeing a family doctor that you know personally over many years of care) then my advice would be to seek out a new doctor and start fresh with someone with whom you will not have this fear of medical disclosure.

It's a really important issue, especially long-term seeing as how you will be dealing with this issue for decades.
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Re: website wuth disclosure laws
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2013, 04:42:24 PM »
WUTH!
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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 05:00:10 PM »
I meant with...sorry I am tired...I have to have corrective plastic surgery .I do not want to disclose & I know all about universal precautions so I dont see why I would need to. However my Id Dr told me it was a misdemeanor to not disclose to physicians of any kind
« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 05:01:24 PM by Jeff G »

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 05:11:55 PM »
Why do you not wish to disclose?
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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 05:19:07 PM »
Because I have already seen the change in attitude someone has when they find out

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 05:23:31 PM »
Because I have already seen the change in attitude someone has when they find out

If a physician shows that he/she has a change in attitude about you for disclosing a medical condition, well, you may not want to be a patient of that physician.

as for whether it is against the law to NOT disclose to a physician -- you'd have to look through your state's laws.  Seems odd to me, however, nothing surprises me when it comes to HIV criminalization.

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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 05:26:57 PM »
I cannot switch plastic surgeons he is fixing it for free I will have to pay if I go elsewhere & I can't afford it

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2013, 05:31:28 PM »
What's he fixing - your boobs? 
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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #10 on: October 23, 2013, 05:35:43 PM »
As a matter of fact yes. 

Offline Habersham

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2013, 05:42:16 PM »
Two things

If you don't feel comfortable disclosing your status I would be hesitant letting him do surgery.

If he mangled them up the first time I wouldn't give him a second chance. I don't have boobs but if he screwed my nose up I would go to a different surgeon for corrective surgery. Or, just get a really good bra. You're not a stripper.
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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2013, 05:58:07 PM »
He didn't mess them up they developed scar tissue under them

Offline Habersham

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2013, 06:07:21 PM »
Well I'm not a woman and I'm about 15 years older than you. Right now if I had scars behind my ballsac I'd probably just let it be.

That said maybe the ladies should chime in. The thing that worries me is the surgeon's skill in this case and I don't feel qualified to speak to that or his being comfortable with your status.
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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2013, 06:09:33 PM »
Its not scars its scar tissue inside my boobs under NY implants which has made them hard

Offline Habersham

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2013, 06:13:26 PM »
Tippy - you never seem to tell us the full story which makes it difficult to advise you if at all.

Many of us have seen nightmares about implants. I don't know what to advise you except I would want anyone to know my status before performing major surgery.
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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2013, 06:16:03 PM »
Tippytu how is it going generally.  Awhile since you posted.  This challenge about disclosure and stigma has been a constant theme in your posts. Just wondering if you are feeling any better in your situation...
As for disclosure to a doc, I agree with others you should disclose but I don't think is essential..  Its more about taking some power to be HIV+ without apologies or fears, at least in some realms of life.  And health care is one of those..  I remember your reports about the change of attitude. I can only suspect that you DO get some mean and stupid attitude in your situation but what about not letting that hit you so emotionally.  If this doc refuses to do the operation because of such a disclosure, you probably should not give your body over to such a doctor.  And if he/she refuses, there is probably a workaround, eventually.  I just believe there is an instant gain to you, in energy, for just affirming your reality... 
« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 06:22:33 PM by mecch »
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Offline Habersham

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #17 on: October 23, 2013, 06:18:32 PM »
mecch is the voice of reason as usual.
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Offline tippytu

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #18 on: October 23, 2013, 08:05:05 PM »
Baby is negative so that is good. I have OK days& I have very bad days..im still going thru a range of emotions.  & actually having to say or write down that I'm HIV + is just something I'm not ready for.

 I have always been a very emotionally sensitive person & this has just made it worse

Offline bocker3

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Re: website with disclosure laws
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2013, 10:22:19 PM »
I have always been a very emotionally sensitive person & this has just made it worse

Sound more like you are a scared person with much internal guilt over your status.  Both understandable, but neither goes away by hiding.  Disclosing to a doctor should be one of the easier ones (there are exceptions, I'm sure) -- and often we over-interpret other people's reactions to reflect our own internal views of ourselves.

I know this doesn't answer your question, but it is hard to accept your new reality if you keep making excuses for it.

Ultimately, it is your call -- good luck with whatever you choose.

Mike
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Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
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Nov05 288/18%  47,564
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May2013 691/31% <20

 


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