Posthumous HIV Disclosure and Relational Rupture

 

Laura K. Guidry-Grimes and D. Micah Hester, The Journal of Clinical Ethics 29, no. 3 (Fall 2018): 196-200.

 

In response to Anne L. Dalle Ave and David M. Shaw, we agree with their general argument but emphasize a moral risk of HIV disclosure in deceased donation cases: the risk of relational rupture. Because of the importance that close relationships have to our sense of self and our life plans, this kind of rupture can have long-ranging implications for surviving loved ones. Moreover, the now-deceased individual cannot participate in any relational mending. Our analysis reveals the hefty moral costs that disclosure can bring, which should influence what information is given to would-be donors and how organ procurement coordinators approach these conversations.

 

 

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