Public Health Quiz #20: Medical Confidentiality

1. A 23-year-old man visits his primary care physician for a routine checkup. During the visit, he confides that he has been using intravenous drugs for the past six months. He is worried about his health but fears legal repercussions if anyone finds out about his drug use. He specifically requests that this information not be shared with anyone. Which of the following is the most appropriate response by the physician? 

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2. A 29-year-old woman is diagnosed with HIV. She is very concerned about her privacy and asks the healthcare team not to disclose her diagnosis to anyone without her explicit consent. She mentions that her partner does not know about her diagnosis, and she wants to keep it that way for the time being. Which of the following is the best course of action for the healthcare provider? 

Question 2 of 5

3. A 17-year-old male high school student visits his physician complaining of anxiety and sleep disturbances. He mentions that he is gay but has not come out to his parents because he fears their reaction. He requests that his sexual orientation not be disclosed to his parents. How should the physician proceed? 

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4. A physician receives a phone call from the spouse of a patient who recently underwent surgery. The spouse is requesting detailed information about the patient’s current condition and the prognosis. The patient has not provided explicit consent to share his health information with his spouse. What is the most appropriate action for the physician to take? 

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5. A pediatrician treats a 15-year-old girl for a minor sexually transmitted infection (STI). The teenager is sexually active and requests that her parents not be informed of her condition or treatment. In the jurisdiction where the pediatrician practices, minors have the right to consent to STI treatment without parental notification. How should the pediatrician proceed? 

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