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dermdoc19, Dermatologist
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Experience:  30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
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Hi, I have been referred by my GP to a dermatologist regarding

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Hi, I have been referred by my GP to a dermatologist regarding spots on my nose. I have since discovered that I have herpes type 2. Although the dermatologist will prescribe the appropriate treatment, I really don't want my GP to know I have this. Is the dermatologist obliged to inform my GP or can it be kept confidential?

Many thanks.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 5 years ago.
I am not sure why you would want to do this.
Your GP needs to know this for your care.

It is standard of care for the derm consult to inform your gp of findings.

Generally, privacy does not include information that aids your GP in protecting you and protecting himself. If he is your examining doctor he has a right to know what lab findings might affect him as well

Make sense?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Yes this makes sense, thank you

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 5 years ago.
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