Anonymous Blood Testing For Aids Policy 1988


CM 28.9.88.

That apart from the enormous expense of anonymously testing blood for AIDS it is difficult to see what use the compilation of these statistics could serve. If, for example, it disclosed that the disease is not as widespread as previously thought, then presumably financial resources will be directed away from AIDS sufferers. If it discloses that AIDS is more widespread than previously thought, if that is at all possible, then what more could the Government do than has already been done to warn potential risk groups about the problem? Other nations envy Australia's vigorous efforts to contain the spread of this disease and to treat its sufferers. The taking of blood as part of the medical treatment stands in precisely the same position as the giving of confidential information to your medical practitioner. The blood sample is taken only with the consent of the patient, only those tests to which the patient has agreed may be performed in relation to it and the information from the tests is supplied only to the patient, his or her doctor, or to other persons with the patient's consent.