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Should Healthcare Workers Disclose If They Were Hiv Positive Why And Why Not

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Ask the Experts

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 »

HIV Positive Healthcare worker

In India, CAn HIV positive healthcare worker perform noninvasive procedures. What can be done if... Read more »

Ethics on Health Care Worker disclosing patients HIV status

Can a health care worker disclose the status of clients HIV status to a third person, to protect... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Doctor Could Disclose Man's HIV Status to Employer for Workers' Compensation Claim

The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 4-3 that workers' compensation laws allow a doctor to disclose a patient's HIV status to an employer for workers' compensation claims, the AP/ Lexington Herald-Leader reports. The case involved Steven... Read more »
American Psychiatric Press

Disclosing HIV Status to Patients: An HIV Positive Therapist Responds

Introduction One of the most significant issues for each psychotherapist is how to make the most disciplineduse of self while remaining empathically connected to the patient. The literature is full ofdiscussions about how not to allow the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

EEOC Files Suit Against Union That Allegedly Disclosed Member's HIV-Positive Status

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit in federal court against Teamsters Local 804 in Long Island City, N.Y., over a union officer's alleged disclosure of a member's HIV-positive status, Long Island Newsday reports.... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

Duane Morrisseau, 34 National health coordinator, Metis National Council Diagnosed with HIV: 1990 Viral load: undetectable CD4 count: 500 Ottawa, Ontario I had to disclose to two families because I'm adopted. As soon as I was... Read more »
Connect With Others

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 »

boyfriend threatening to disclose if i leave him

Posted by virginmary, 3 Replies
Hi Peeps,

I have not disclosed to any member of my family because they are probably the most judgemental people I know. My mom would just blame me til the day she dies. Now I have a problem with my boyfriend because I don't want to be in the... Read more »


Posted by douglass, 4 Replies
i seem to read alot of post about telling people about ones hiv/ aids status- this seems to be a issue- WAKE UP everyone handles this on a personal level and no one here has the right to say we should disclose that we are positive- we all walk in... Read more »

Had to disclose to many people!

Posted by dj1979, 8 Replies
Okay, I'm sick of this. I fell Fri. evening - stepping over a chain "fence" at the Little League field. I landed on my left arm, with it twisted under me. Broke it in 3 places, plus dislocated my elbow. Had to go to hospital via ambulance, have... Read more »