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

Jessica Datta and Anthony Kessell

in Public health ethics and practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847421029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303114 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847421029.003.0007
Unlinked anonymous blood testing for public health purposes: an ethical dilemma?

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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

Chapter.  5527 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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