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Surgeons with AIDS
Feb 26, 1998

I am doing a paper on a controversial issue and I am wondering if sergeons who are + have to inform their patients. Also, do you know of any specific cases where something like that has happened, and the sergeon did not let his/her patient know? Thanks.

Response from Ms. Breuer

Depending on the state, Health care workers have the same right of confidentiality about their HIV status as anyone living with HIV. Moreover, because all health workers take universal precautions (manadated procedures that are designed to prevent the transmission of any infectious agent from a health worker to a patient or a patient to a health worker) in healthcare, there is no need for either the health worker or the patient to reveal HIV status. Universal Precuations both prevent the transmission of the virus and enable people living with any blood-borne disease to maintain their privacy.

-- David Grunwald

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