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AIDS InfoNet

HIV in Prisons and Jails

...prisoners do not receive health care that meets public health standards. Each year, many Americans with chronic diseases are jailed. This includes: about 25% of HIV-infected Americans 33% of those infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV, see Fact Sheet 507 ) 40% of Americans with active tuberculosis (see Fact Sheet 518 ) Among these inmates, up to 50% have mental disorders. As many as 75% have alcohol or other substance...
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hepatitis c occupational exposure

I am a HCW and was talking to a HCV positive patient and he spit in my eye. My initial hepc antibody test was negative. I had the qualitative RNA at 4 weeks post exposure and it was undetected. Do I have Hepatitis C? Do I need further testing?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You should get guidance from your employer as to their specific protocols for testing. HOwever, I will comment that that the risk of HCV is incredibly small from this exposure. Read more »

Hiring or employment of hep b positive persons

Good day Dr.I was just diagnosed to be hep b positive and I am worried that no one would employ or hire me to work. Is there any laws or regulations that forbid these companies from hiring persons who unknowingly contracted the virus?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...Most jobs do not require testing for hepatitis B. Furthermore, you have been told you are "positive". Your doctor should tell you whether that means you are positive for past Read more »

Occupational Hepatitis C exposure

Please help me out...I am a nurse and two days ago at work, I accidently stuck myself with a dirty needle removed from an Hepatitis C patient. Immediately after the exposure, I squeezed out of my finger as much blood as I could. Am I at a greater...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You should always report occupational risks of ANY KIND to your place of work. Discuss the case with your employer and appropriate testing for you and the patient.You will need follow-up testing if the patient has HCV viremia. I would recommend PCR... Read more »

Hepatitis B & C

I am I health care worker. I have hepatitis B & C. I plan on starting work in a new hospital. Would having hep B & C preclude my employment as a Respiratory Therapist In new York State?
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
You will need to check with the appropriate people in that state. I suspect there would not be any issues related to that occupation. Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hepatitis A FAQs for Health Professionals

... Table of Contents Overview and Statistics Hepatitis A Vaccination Hepatitis A and International Travel Postexposure Prophylaxis for Hepatitis A Overview and Statistics Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevention and Control of Infections With Hepatitis Viruses in Correctional Settings

... Summary Introduction Correctional Populations Health Care in the Correctional System Risk Factors for Viral Hepatitis Transmission Among Incarcerated Persons Epidemiology and Outcome of Infection With Hepatitis Viruses Preventing... Read more »
The Body

This Month in HIV: Update on Hepatitis C/HIV Coinfection

... Welcome to This Month in HIV. I'm Terri Wilder . This month's topic is HIV and hepatitis C coinfection. Up to one third of people with HIV are estimated to also have hepatitis C, and living with both viruses is no Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado: Hepatitis C Falls Under U.S. Disability Law

...of a Colorado surgical technician charged with stealing drugs in a scheme that potentially exposed thousands of patients to hepatitis C, some observers are asking why anyone with the virus was allowed to work in a hospital operating room. The... Read more »
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Director of Treatment & Prevention Advocacy

Posted by Robert1
...Employment at Project Inform Director of Treatment & Prevention Advocacy Primary functions: The Director of Treatment & Prevention Read more »

disabilty insurance through employer

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone know if it's possible to collect long-term disability insurance through an employer if you have hiv and hepatitis C? Is it difficult to do that and does your employer have to know your exact medical condition. Thanks alot! Read more »

ars-symptoms

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
can the people who have tested positive describe the symptoms they experianced during the ars period and after please. Thanks Read more »

blood donation again

Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
Hey there! Is it possible for blood not to be visible to the eye, but nonetheless could it transmit dangerous virus? I'm the guy with the blood donation session, when the nurse was touching the hole on my arm, from which I donated blood. Read more »