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Studying Veterinary science
Jun 17, 2004

I am 25 years old and have been positive 18 months. I am considering studying veterinary science, but am concerned about whether this would be a wise career choice. Would working with animals on a daily basis pose a health risk to me?

Response from Ms. Breuer

I've run this question past a leading HIV physician in Southern California, who says the only risks he's aware of would be cryptococcosis from pigeons or the unproven, theoretical risk of toxoplasmosis from cats. Check out the studies on toxo and cats; you will probably feel better after reading them.

We need more good vets! Check with your physician, but this career path does not look inordinately risky to me.



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