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Hiv Exposure And Health Care Workers

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Survey Suggests High Rate of HIV Exposure for Health Care Workers

Hundreds of Canadian health care workers may have contracted HIV on the job, "greatly" exceeding government estimates, according to a University of Western Ontario report presented at the 16th International AIDS Conference. The Public Health Agency... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Health-Care Worker Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis

Note: The guidelines have been revised; for the updated guidelines in PDF format, click here . Contributors Summary Introduction Definitions of Health-Care Workers and Exposure Background Risk for Occupational Transmission of... Read more »
TheBodyPRO.com

I-161: Experience of Health-Care Workers (HCWs) Taking Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP) after Occupational HIV Exposures: Findings of the HIV PEP Registry

The HIV PEP Registry was established by the CDC after the US Public Health Service first recommended in 1996 the use of combination antiretroviral therapy as prophylaxis immediately following certain occupational HIV exposures, in an effort to... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Significant Exposure - Health Care Workers

I work in an Occ.Med. Clinic. We provide for several state health care sites. Recently, when their employes are seen in the hospital ED for work related exposures,the ED doctor has been calling scratches a significant exposure. We know this is not...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Marsha. Thank you for your question. I'm limiting this discussion tooccupational exposures to blood, including possible occupational exposures toHIV, and Hepatitis B. Body fluids like sputum, saliva, urine, sweat, andtears are low risk for... Read more »

Possible health care worker exposure/ symptoms

I am a RN in the ER. I am also 5 months pregnant. I was treating a patient that is a known drug abuser butit is not known if she has HIV. I was wearing gloves when the HUB to her IV became unattached. As I pealed away the tegaderm bandage a...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,The ear canals are not mucous membranes.From what you describe, you did not have a significant occupational exposure. However, I recommend all potential exposures to HIV or other bloodborne pathogens be reported on an incident report so that they... Read more »

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 »

Can health care workers practice with AIDS?

I have a friend who is a dentist. He was recently exposed to blood during a procedure on a patient with AIDS. If he contracts the disease will he still be able to practice? I would assume yes, but have been told differently by some. Is it the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Your assumption is correct: Health care workers with bloodborne illnesses, such as HIV or hepatitis, are not prevented from working. Universal precautions have been in place for years to prevent transmission of bloodborne diseases from health... Read more »
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i am a health care worker...

Posted by Anonymous
I am a health care worker in Baltimore. Every other patient that
I come into contact with in my clinic is an HIV or AIDS patient.
I would like everyone who has this disease to know that I pray
for a cure everyday, and do my best to help those who... Read more »

BEBASHI Care Outreach Worker--Philadelphia

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Care Outreach Worker--Philadelphia

BA or related degree in human services or high school diploma.
Experience with street outreach programs desired. Experience working
with minority populations on issues related to HIV/AIDS. Case
management/counseling... Read more »

Exposure with a sex worker

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
A little over two months ago I had sex with a sex worker at a massage parlor and the condom broke. I have had no other potential exposures before or since. Ever since then I have been unable to get it out of my mind that I could have contracted HIV.... Read more »

Window Period for Occupational Exposures

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Taken from a report on HIV exposure in a health care setting:

HIV Seroconversion in HCWs

Data on the timing and clinical characteristics of seroconversion in HIV-exposed HCWs are limited by the infrequency of infection following occupational... Read more »