Suppose you are seeing a patient, who is a prisoner and is accompanied by 2 guards in bulletproof vests and the patient is shackled at teh feet, with one arm cuffed to teh rail of the stretcher. YOu are strongly suspicious that this patient has PCP pneumonia as well as HIV/AIDS.

First question:

1) Would you aske the guards to leave the room?

Second question:

2) IF the guards refused to leave teh room, would you feel free to discuss HIV/AIDS issues with the patient anyway?

Third question:

3) If you did #2, would this be a hippa violation?