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HIV+ Surgical Tech & Desperate for help
Dec 29, 2004

Nancy, Im HIV+ and I have recently completed Surgical Tech School. I have moved to Florida on the Gulf Coast and wanted to get a job in the field as an Surg. Tech. Is there any hope for me??? Most of the feed back I have receved said its up to Hospital. My School knew about my condition and said I wouldnt have any problems getting a job and to stay with the program. Were they wrong in telling me this??

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Yes, the decision is up to the hospital, and no, they weren't wrong in telling you to hang in there. Whether you have a problem getting a job in your field is partly a matter of your attitude and partly a matter of the nature of the hospital board where you apply, because that's where the decisions about bloodborne infections are made. It isn't a matter of state or region--it's the hospital. I'd advise you to interview in several places, be optimistic and positive and focus on your skills, not your diagnosis, be professional, and go with a hospital that treats you well.



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