Asked in Medical InsuranceHealthcare Reform
Does the confidentiality law re minors with stds OR PREGNANCY only apply to health care providers?
May 15, 2015 10:24PM
Only health care providers have a "duty" to their patients. If
your neighbor finds out you are pregnant, he can tell whoever he
wants. If your mom tells your aunt who tells her hairdresser who
then blabs it at church, you have no protection--there is no law
against gossiping. But no health care provider can gossip about you
by name. An R.N. can legally say, "I treated a 14 year old girl
today. She has AIDS and is pregnant. I think I know who got her
pregnant--some idiot who refuses to use a condom and he's
impregnated three other girls!" She did not identify you. But a
hospital employee cannot sneak to read your chart then use your
name and put it on Facebook that you got pregnant or had an
Note: I used examples of females. But underage males also have confidentiality protections.