There are concerns that, once HIV status is entered in electronic records, the information could become known to non-clinical staff, say Dr Nadja van Ginneken and Dr Mo Doshi in a feature in this week's GP.
Dr William Ford-Young, chairman of the RCGP sex, drugs and HIV working party, said: 'Surgeries need to look very carefully at confidentiality and how much data they allow non-clinical staff to see. I think there are questions about what information is going on the NHS spine.'
However, it is vital that any doctor treating a patient with HIV is aware of their status, he added.
Vanessa Griffiths, clinical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, agreed that it is vital GPs know a patient's HIV status and whether or not they are receiving highly active retroviral therapy.
Connecting for Health clinical director Dr Simon Eccles said practices would be able to stop non-clinical staff seeing HIV data and patients could prevent anyone seeing it without consent.
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