I stood up when he did, our eyes clashing. For once I was grateful for my
height because he was really tall and imposing. I wasn’t going to be
“Please do the right thing. Tell her your status so she can get tested’.”
He maintained his defiant stance for a moment.
“And if I don’t?”
“I owe you a duty of confidentiality as my patient so she will not hear it from
me without your permission. But be aware that its a legal offence to
deliberately engage in activity that will get another person infected with
He lowered his gaze. I could see he was reconsidering so I pushed on.
“Remember it’s not a death sentence, HIV can be treated even though there is no
cure. If she is positive, you can both receive treatment and support each other.
If she is negative, then you can take steps to protect her like making sure you
always use condoms during sex.”
He sighed heavily, rubbing his hand across his forehead. I felt a twinge of
compassion for him.
“Okay” he said at last, raising his eyes. I smiled at him.
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