Ethical/legal issue involving HIPAA and disclosing STD information to partners

Final Research Paper Assignment
20% of your course grade
Two submissions required:
1. Topic proposal: Due 1/30 (not graded)
2. APA Research Paper: Due 4/17

Topics can include current medical events/ issues from class/ or issues from Taking Sides by Kaebnick. You should type a proposed topic and if you have determined your point of view which approach you will be taking to the argument.
The paper is due the last day of class. (Not the date of the final!)
Submit 6-7 page typed paper, double spaced, 12 point font following APA guidelines. Include a References page with at least 5 resources including class materials as well outside resources. You are encouraged to interject your personal opinion into this paper while conforming to philosophical argument premises.

Topics can include current medical events/ issues from class/ or issues from Taking Sides by Kaebnick.
You must type a proposed topic and if you have determined your point of view which approach you will be taking to the argument.

For my argument paper, I would like to argue the ethical/legal issue that pertains to HIPAA/privacy laws about (as a health care professional) being able to disclose certain information. For example, I think it is immoral to legally have to keep information private from ones significant other or intimate partners if one has come up positive with a lethal STD.The CDC does not allow code-based systems reporting of HIV. Massachusetts is one of the nine code-based systems in this country. This system prevents physicians and public health officials from contacting those who have had sexual contact or shared needles with an HIV positive person. I would like to not only talk about HIV but also any other STD that may be imminent.

rubric:
Quality of Research Worth 20% –Sources reliable and properly cited in-text. –All information relevant to topic. –Sufficient information provided to support all elements of topic. –Research in-depth and the beyond the obvious, revealing new insights gained.

Organization of Topic 15% –Paper is clear and easy to follow. — Paragraph transitions are logical and maintain the flow of thought throughout the paper.

Grammar & Mechanics 15% –Consistent and appropriate voice. — Sophisticated and precise word choice. –No spelling errors. –No errors in agreement, pronouns/antecedents, or tense. — No punctuation or capitalization errors. –Met all style and min/max page requirements.

APA Formatting 20% Title page, font, spacing, margins, page numbers, and in-text citations contain 0-1 errors.

Originality of thought 10% –Student’s work is original –Work is an ANALYSIS of information, not a list of information — sources cited for direct quotations and summaries are used to support ideas

Philosophical Argument 20% — Paper addresses the assignment. — All major points are stated clearly and elaborately. — Counter arguments are addressed — Explanations of support clearly, locally, prove thesis..

This paper is an argument research paper and must correlate with either virtue ethics, deontological, or utilitarian ethics. please include motivation and why it falls under which ever ethical view.