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Can I Work In Healthcare If I Have HIV

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois: CORE Center Working on HIV/AIDS Healthcare

CORE Center was the first Midwestern outpatient facility to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS care beginning in the 1990s. Clients of the Chicago-based center have access to medical services, dental care, a pharmacy, research trials, and case managers.... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Washington File Profiles BroadReach Healthcare's HIV/AIDS Treatment Work in South Africa

The Washington File on Friday profiled BroadReach Healthcare , a U.S.-based company founded in 2002 that is working to institute a large-scale antiretroviral treatment program in South Africa. BroadReach -- which received $4.1 million in 2005... Read more »

Feeling Good Again: Mental Healthcare Works!

"I just dont feel like myself anymore," she mumbled as she sat drooping in her chair. Ms. B. described feeling sad, withdrawn and hopeless since diagnosed HIV+ six months ago. She is a mother of two and feared that she would not be able to care for... Read more »
Ask the Experts

I work in healthcare as a Nurse

I'm a RN and I work in multiple areas throughout the hosptial setting. One day I may have a MRSA or VRE patient, the next day I may be in the ER exposed to everything and anything. Ive been positive 2 yrs and havent started med. Recently I was...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
Hello and thanks for posting. It sounds like you are going to need antiretroviral medication based on your numbers and recent diagnosis of PCP. The DHHS guidelines for management of HIV infection suggest triple therapy for treatment-nave patients.... Read more »

Exposure to HEPC/HIV Please help a healthcare volunteer .. 5th time trying! Have stopped volunteering and feel miserable abt it!!!!

I work as a volunteer at the VA( first time dealing with blood). Today after I centrifuged some blood from an old black male(HepC positive/unknown HIV) I was putting the plasma into cryovials. I splashed a drop on my face.I know I did because I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your HIV risk is essentially nonexistent. HIV cannot permeate intact skin. Your "tiny bumps" would not be a significant risk factor.PEP is not warranted. Routine testing for a possible occupational exposure is the most that would be... Read more »

HIV and Healthcare Profesionals

I am a college student. We are all working toward healthcare careers. There seems to be a difference of oppinion as to what happens if we are exposed to HIV on the job and later test positive for HIV. Some believe we will be fired or unable to find...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Yes, there is life for a medical professional who contracts HIV from an occupational exposure. I speak from personal experience, as I was occupationally infected in January 1991! You would not be fired. That would be illegal. Please note there... Read more »


Dear Dr. Young:Forgive me if this is not the appropriate forum for this question, but I did not know who to ask. I am a healthcare professional working in the ICU of a large hospita. I have been HIV+ for 3 or 4 years. Never been ill, never been on...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Thanks for your questions and warm comments.Hopefully, this the issue of smallpox vaccinations won't become a significant one in the near-term future (though some have suggested that certain key health care workers may be first to be... Read more »
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Poz Healthcare workers

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I'm an HIV+ guy who works in medicine, and I am desperately seeking others like me. I am having a great deal of difficulty with my shift-work schedule and the high stress level of my work. How do others cope? My health is declining because of... Read more »

Anyone in Chicago + in healthcare want to chat?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I'm a healthcare professional who has been HIV+ for just over a year, am on meds (my choice) doing well, in a committed relationship with a neg partner, just want someone to email back and forth with or maybe have coffee just to talk. It helps... Read more »

countries where HIV+ people can work

Posted by markkkkky, 4 Replies

I just want to know if there are other countries where HIV+ people can work and be able to grant a work permit? I know there are countries who don't have restrictions, but only for short visits and vacations.

If ever there is, is HIV testing a... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I dont understand how HIV is transmitted in hospitals and other healthcare facilities because they all now a days atleast in north america used new sterile needles when injecting or taking blood so how is HIV transmitted through the healthcare... Read more »