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Legal obligations for health care workers
Feb 23, 2005

Are health care workers, including physicians, surgeons, nurses, etc., under any legal obligation to reveal their HIV+ status to employers and/or patients?

Response from Ms. Breuer

This is one of the most common questions posted here. Please scroll through some of the answers for an expanded response to your query. In short, requirements about disclosure of HIV status are set by local hospital boards, not by federal legislation or even state legislation. And I know of no healthcare environment that requires revealing HIV status to patients. That would be a gross violation of the health care worker's privacy.

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