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Guidelines Of Hiv Positive Health Care Professionals

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Telling Others You're HIV Positive

Special Situations People You May Have Exposed to HIV: It can be very difficult to disclose your status to sexual partners or people you shared needles with. However, it is very important that they know so they can decide to get tested and, if they test positive, get the health care they need. The Department of Health can tell people you might have exposed, without using your name. Employers: You may want to tell your employer if your HIV...
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As an HIV positive health care worker do I have to disclose?

Hi. I'm a medical professional and newly diagnosed with HIV. I'm actually a resident. I'm wondering what the laws are in regard to whether I have to disclose my status to my residency program and to the state medical board? I do...
Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Response from Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Member, City of NY Bar Association Committee on AIDS
Thank you for asking whether, as a health care worker, you have a duty to disclose your status. In general, according to case law and professional practice guidelines, health care workers have a duty to inform patients or employers that they are... Read more »

Health Professional, Changing Employers, Medical benefits change?

Very worried here. I am a speech pathologist. I am currently undergoing the interview process for a new position with an Adventist Healthcare hospital. I have several concerns:1) I found out that I was HIV+ while at my current employer of 3 1/2...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Dear Todd, Let's clear the path to your dream job. Lynn Franzoi and I are teaming on this response to give you answers to all your questions.1. If the new employer asks your HIV status, or asks a question clearly aimed at such diagnoses, there... Read more »

Are Health Care Workers Tested

Hello,I was just curious if guidelines have been established to test doctors, nurses, and any other health care workers for HIV in the United States. Is it something required of health care workers or is it required at all?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Health care workers are not required to be HIV tested. Similarly health care workers cannot demand their patients be HIV tested prior to treating them. Instead, "universal precautions" to prevent the transmission of bloodborne... Read more »

Locating Mental Health Professionals trained in HIV

I was diagnoised with HIV in October and have contacted local AIDS groups in two Ohio cities, as well as doctors trained in HIV treatment trying to located a Mental Health Professional familar with HIV. None of these have been able to help. Where do...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I find it really strange that local AIDS groups that provide services to people living with HIV and AIDS do not have a list of qualified mental health professionals to refer you to. Similarly It is bizarre that you say that doctors working with... Read more »
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Support for professional women diagnosed with HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 10 Replies
I know that this disease doesn't discriminate. But I feel so alone as a black woman living with this disease. I'm the person in the family that everyone looks up to. I attended the best Universities, have a great career, beautiful home and car... Read more »

Professional in NY feeling alone

Posted by Phoenix1012, 22 Replies
Hi everyone,
I tested positive in January of this year. Since then, I have been carrying around the shame of having caught this. You see, I am in the mental health profession and we have to receive mandatory training every two years on HIV/AIDS.... Read more »

Window Guidelines

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The information is excerpted from a joint paper produced by the state and NYCity Depts of Health. Update on the Window Period for HIV Infection New York State and New York City Joint Recommendations For HIV Testing and Re-testing What is the Window... Read more »

Prevention professional needed

Posted by Anonymous

BEBASHI (Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues) is looking
for a dynamic, organized professional to direct its HIV and STD
prevention programs. The individual should have a minimum of a Bachelors
Degree in Health, Health Education or Human... Read more »