So.... we had a young lady DD patient come to the clinic with her mom, who functions as her guardian, but apparently they never "did the paperwork" for legal guardianship because their arrangement works for them etc. I didn't meet the family, but it turned into a big
issue for nursing staff so I'm asking here.
The doc did STI testing and the patient had a positive chlamydia or gonorrhea, then told one of the nurses to call the family and have the patient treated. Because then the mom answered the phone and got very upset at the nurse, whom she had never met, who then realized mid-phone call that this could be some weird HIPAA mixup.
Normally this is a doc that I just adore, but this really left me wondering.
I do have a lot of experience with people with DD in nursing and therapeutic recreation, and also personal experience, and sexual assault and just general "taken advantage of" in all its forms is SO COMMON it makes me want to barf just typing this. (but I also know people in the DD community in loving healthy relationships). Since I didn't meet this young lady I have no idea how capable she might be of making any decisions for herself. The doc said "3rd grade level" but that doesn't tell me too much.
How is this normally handled? I mean, the doc actually met the family, actually did the test, and my thought is that she did the test for a reason, and at that point she should have said, "I am testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and how should we handle the results?" and also do a lot of teaching? And ask if anyone tried to touch her etc? How does HIPAA work in this situation?