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Laws Protecting Physicians With Hiv

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Basic Facts About HIV and the Law

HIV/AIDS affects companies and organizations in many ways. Managers and labor leaders are gathering information, talking with their trade and professional associations, learning more about HIV/AIDS, and preparing strategies for HIV/AIDS programs and policies suitable for their companies. The majority of people infected with HIV are between the ages of 25-44 and are employed. The increase in the number of people with HIV means that there will be...
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Physician with probable HIV infection

Dr. Frascino, I am a practing physician whose partner recently tested positive for HIV. Given the time we have been together I am quite sure I am positive as well. I currently have no symptoms and I am very leary of having my practice partners and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,The first step would be to ascertain if indeed you have contracted the virus. Start by getting a Home Access Express Test. It is sold in retail and online pharmacies. It uses a double EIA with confirmatory IFA. Sensitivity and specificity... Read more »

are physicians restricted from practice?

my question is are physicians tested for hiv and restricted from practice if they are found positive when they start their practice? is there any law that rule a physician to tell his employers that he is positive? ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Nope! Just as physicians cannot demand an HIV test before they agree to help a patient, a patient cannot demand his or her physician take an HIV test before engaging his/her help. If you think about this rationally, it makes perfect sense. The... Read more »

Laws of Disclosure (DISCLOSURE LAWS, 2010) (CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV 2010)

Hey Dr. Bob,It's great to see you've been doing this forum for all these years. Exactly how long have you been doing this. Anyway, keep up the fantastic work. Now to why I'm writting to you. No concerns nor worries here but just a bit...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello C,How long have I been doing this? Oh Lordy, since the last millennium, I think.As for HIV disclosure laws, they vary from state to state. California has a "Willful Exposure" law, which makes it a felony (punishable by up to eight... Read more »

Physician with HIV+ partner

I'm a physician, recently hired by a University hospital. My health insurance plan offers same-sex domestic partner benefits. I'm planning to pursue but a bit skeptical about it. There're couple of concerns. 1) My partner is HIV + ,...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Everything in your question depends on how the university hospital administers its health plan. Ideally, the plan is run by a third party administrator that gives the employer reports about usage of the plan, but those reports do not link names to... Read more »
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HIV+ dislcosure and the law...!

Posted by lost2007
I had not read this site much lately but came across a comment by someone that "not every state makes it a crime too infect someone with HIV" and could not believe anyone would be so ill informed and or out right liar, since its true some states do... Read more »

pregnancy and testing-state laws

Posted by Anonymous
Hi all,

When I was pregnant, I declined the HIV test at one doctor, but later ended up going to another. I told her also not to test (I was worried about insurance records and such at the time, as I was in the process of getting insurance.) She told... Read more »

Disclosure laws in Canada

Posted by Mark100, 2 Replies
Hey Guys, I was just wondering if someone could clarify for me when exactly do I have to disclose to someone that I have HIV. I was diagnosed in February and I am currently undetectable. I haven't had sex since this time because I wanted to wait... Read more »

Massachusetts laws

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I have a very good friend who is hiv positive and in a relationship and not disclosing. It is truly because he is afraid, know. Anyway, I told him he could get in trouble for not telling her. He said he is doing nothing wrong, he always uses... Read more »