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discrimination?
Feb 9, 2012

I receive weekly allergy injections. During a retest 2 years ago a health clinician noticed blood on her fingers tips after some allergy testing. She panicked. We both went through the exposure protocols. I offered condolences and told her that my viral loads were undetectable.

Ever since that point 90% of the nurses giving me injections now wear gloves. We are in a area of stations where we can see each other getting injections. All of the nurses giving injections to other patients do not wear gloves. Why are some of the nurses choosing to wear gloves with me and not all patients?

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi I'm sorry you are experiencing this. Unfortunately in any health care setting you can see laziness in using protection on anyone let alone someone who has disclosed their HIV status. Health care settings are to use universal protection, meaning you treat everyone like they have an illness. You can always bring this to their attention, talk to a supervisor. You can turn this into an educational experience for them in not only protecting you by them using gloves with you but they should want to protect others as well.

Be well and stay strong and safe!!!! Shannon



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