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chances of contracting through body contact
Dec 4, 2003

how small of a droplet of blood is needed to contract the hiv virus? a fellow nurse at work was brushed up against by a cna who has aids virus,also i need to know the confidentiality laws in regards to aids and the work place. thankyou dm

Response from Ms. Breuer

The issue is not how small the blood droplet is. The issue is that it can't do any HIV-related harm unless it comes into immediate, intimate contact with another person's bloodstream or mucous membranes.

Confidentiality laws and HIV, the short form: every one of us has the right to privacy of our medical information in the workplace. Disclosing someone else's medical information--or spreading the rumor of someone's medical information--is a great way to get yourself fired if the employer has any sense. Here's the acid test: If you were the person with HIV and didn't want others to know, how would you answer your own question? Take that as your guide.



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