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Should those with AIDS/HIV be allowed to work in the medical field???
Feb 26, 1998

I am wondering if are those infected with the AIDS/HIV virus are allowed with to work in the medical field. If yes why?? Doesn't this pose a threat to people who are not infected with this virus??? I know that the disease is not spread through casual contact but isn't it a possibility for a nurse, doctor or surgeon with Aids to accidentally infect a patient????

Response from Ms. Gabriel

This is an answer to a similar question, previously answered:

Depending on the state, Health care workers have the same right of confidentiality about their HIV status as anyone living with HIV. Moreover, because all health workers take universal precautions (manadated procedures that are designed to prevent the transmission of any infectious agent from a health worker to a patient or a patient to a health worker) in healthcare, there is no need for either the health worker or the patient to reveal HIV status. Universal Precuations both prevent the transmission of the virus and enable people living with any blood-borne disease to maintain their privacy.

David Grunwald

Hospital policies vary with regard to healthcare workers who perform "invasive procedures". If you have concerns about a specific situation, please have a conversation with the staff at the hospital willl care will be given.

Lynne Gabriel



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