Discussing the Limits of Confidentiality: The Impact of Criminalizing HIV Nondisclosure on Public Health Nurses’ Counselling

Found HIV criminalisation negatively impacts nursing practice as public health nurses endeavour to control information about the limits of confidentiality at the outset of HIV post-test counselling. Individual practice varies as nurses pragmatically balance ethical and professional concerns. Some intentionally withhold information about the risk of subpoena, while others talk to clients about confidentiality in ways that focus on the risk of harm associated with criminalisation.