n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Employment-related HIV testing : some considerations : ethical issues

Volume 2, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Medical practitioners can be either employers (when for example in private practice) or employees (when working for the state or another employer). They are also expected to deal with employers requesting HIV tests for prospective or existing employees. For these reasons they have to be familiar with the relevant provisions of labour law in this regard. The much-publicised cases of testing of domestic workers have emphasised instances where employers place doctors in difficult ethical and legal situations.

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