The Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society used a woman's photographs in an AIDS awareness campaign without her consent! The newspaper report in The Times of India does not give more details on how exactly TANSACS obtained the photographs of the woman and her child but they apparently date back to when the child, now four years old, was an infant.
The woman has approached the Madras High Court to make TANSACS publicly apologise to her, and give a Rs 1 crore compensation. The state's health secretary has said that the ad was designed by an ad agency, implying that TANSACS was not responsible.
However, the woman's lawyer says that TANSACS continued to put up hoardings even after the woman complained. (AIDS INDIA)
Research without informed consent
People with HIV seem to be fair game for unethical researchers. Snehansu Bhaduri was waiting to see the doctor at the ART centre in the Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, when he was accosted by two people. These people asked him detailed personal and medical questions. Only when he asked them did they inform him that they were conducting research. They told him that they didn't need his written informed consent, but they hadn't even asked for his verbal consent. How were they even permitted to approach patients, let alone ask them questions? Equally shockingly, the patient's own treating physician agreed with him but said he could do nothing because the "researchers" had the permission of the dean. (AIDS INDIA)