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are physicians restricted from practice?
Nov 6, 2006

my question is are physicians tested for hiv and restricted from practice if they are found positive when they start their practice? is there any law that rule a physician to tell his employers that he is positive?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

Nope! Just as physicians cannot demand an HIV test before they agree to help a patient, a patient cannot demand his or her physician take an HIV test before engaging his/her help. If you think about this rationally, it makes perfect sense. The same applies to most employment situations. Someone's HIV status is only as accurate as his/her last test, right? What we've done to protect doctors from patients and patients from doctors is to institute "universal precautions" for all bloodborne pathogens. It's interesting you should single out HIV and not mention other bloodborne diseases that are even more contagious hepatitis, for example.

Dr. Bob



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