Clinical placements

Patient confidentiality: how a complicated case created an ethical and legal dilemma

A service user’s chlamydia diagnosis taught me lessons about disclosure and breach of trust
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A service user’s chlamydia diagnosis taught me lessons about disclosure and breach of trust

I was on clinical placement with a drug and alcohol service when a male service user attended the clinic to receive the results of a screening for sexually transmitted infections.

The service user was informed that he had tested positive for chlamydia, and, in line with guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), he was advised of the importance of ensuring any recent sexual partners were treated for potential infection.

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