Examining public health nurses’ documentary practices: the impact of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure on inscription styles

Found that public health nurses’ anticipation that medical and public health records could be used as evidence in court is affecting public health nurses’ reasoning and documentary practices during HIV post-test counselling. Nurses have real concerns that notes will be misinterpreted and given a legal significance contrary to their original purpose, and fear their professional competence could be attacked. Traditional counselling practices prioritising client care and risk reduction are in conflict with HIV criminalisation.