|HIV testing in the workplace.
Mar 12, 1998
Do you think that HIV testing should be mandatory in the workplace? Is it the person't right to privacy not to be tested or is it the right of the employers and others involved to know?
| Response from Ms. Breuer
Workplace HIV testing is not a matter of opinion; it's a matter of law. Everyone's medical information is confidential in the workplace, and that has been true since long before the AIDS epidemic began. There is no right to know anyone else's medical condition, whether it's HIV or multiple sclerosis or arthritis or cancer or any other diagnosis, and there is no need to know whether someone at work has a bloodborne illness. In case of injury, the simple rule is to treat all human blood as if it's infectious. That protects the first aider in all cases.
Mandatory HIV testing at work would have no practical application: once an employer knew, what would the employer do with the information? Discriminate? To what end? What would co-workers do differently? If they understand HIV, the correct answer is "nothing." People with HIV, like people without HIV, have the right to work as long as they can fulfill the essential functions of the job. Evaluations must be based on performance, not on diagnosis.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Black Spots After Swallowing Cum Worried I Have HIV
- Burning Penis After Swallowing Worried I Have HIV
- Red Spots After Unprotected Sex Without Ejaculation Worried I Have HIV
- Sore On Mouth After Erotic Massage Worried I Have HIV
- Sore Throat After Broken Condom Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After Handjob Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.