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Hepatitis B as a health care worker
Jan 7, 2013

I tested positive for Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) and antibodies to HEP B Virus Core (anti-HBc) and was wondering if I can still be a Surgical Tech. or any Allied Health occupation Thank you!

Response from Dr. Taylor

People who have chronic hepatitis B virus infection may work as health care workers. Factors to discuss with your doctor include your hepatitis B viral load, whether you will benefit from treatment for yourself and to reduce the risk of spread of hepatitis B to others, and the types of care you will or should not be providing.

Rules may vary from country to country. In the U.S. for example helpful guidelines include, "Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)SHEA Guideline for Management of Healthcare Workers Who Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, and/or Human Immunodeficiency Virus," Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology March 2010, vol. 31, no. 3, written by Henderson and colleagues. These guidelines may be found at may be found at http://www.shea-online.org/Assets/files/guidelines/BBPathogen_GL.pdf



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