|HIV+ and pursuing a Nursing Degree
Jun 7, 2001
I have been Hiv + for 12 years now. I work in clinical research and I would like to pursue a degree in nursing. How does my HIV status impact my options? Does it really matter. I would love to work in and Infectious Disease clinic.
Response from Dr. Feinberg
If you want to become a nurse, go for it! If you are healthy, have received all the appropriate vaccinations for preventuve care and are scrupulous about getting a PPD (skin) test for TB at regular intervals, I see no reason why being a nurse would affect you adversely or how you would put any of your patients at risk. I have 2 patients with well-controlled HIV who have just graduated from nursing school and other patients who successfully work as nurses or health aides. We hired an HIV+ research nurse last year. I applaud your ambition. Good luck!
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