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“It’s 100% for me”: hospital practitioners’ perspectives on mandatory HIV testing

Kabir Sheikh, John DH Porter

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2009.044


This article explores the thinking of medical practitioners working in nine hospitals spread across five cities in India, on a contested subject mandatory HIV testing of patients prior to surgery. We used in-depth interviews with practitioners and an interpretive analytical approach to understand their decisions to conduct mandatory tests. While many in the public health community see mandatory testing as an unacceptable violation of patient autonomy, the practitioners widely regarded it as a valuable cost-saving innovation for obviating transmission of infection during surgery.

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