Published January, 2012

HIV, Stigma and Confidentiality, Carolyn McAllaster, Medical Mutual Insurance Company of North Carolina (Spring 2012).

This fact sheet provides guidance on issues related to HIV confidentiality, disclosure, and stigma for physicians who treat HIV-positive individuals. While the document specifically details North Carolina's confidentiality law, it provides widely applicable advice on maintaining individual privacy with regard to HIV status and highlights the relationship between HIV disclosure and stigma. Health care providers may consult this document for an overview of the appropriate steps for ensuring the confidentiality of patients' HIV status.