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Stephen Peckham and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847421029

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.001.0001

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Unlinked anonymous blood testing for public health purposes: an ethical dilemma?

Unlinked anonymous blood testing for public health purposes: an ethical dilemma?

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(p.101) SEVEN Unlinked anonymous blood testing for public health purposes: an ethical dilemma?
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Public health ethics and practice
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Jessica Datta

Anthony Kessell

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0007

This chapter examines the ethical issues raised by the retention of tissue or blood for anonymous testing. It focuses on problematic triad consisting of governments, the population, and the individuals, with particular reference to the testing of blood for HIV for research purposes. It suggests that the routine use of blood samples for epidemiological purposes raises a number of key ethical concerns and it is clear that other tissue has also been used for similar purposes.

Keywords:   blood testing, tissue testing, anonymous testing, ethical issues, HIV, blood samples

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