can I still work as a physician?

Question

Hello dear Dr.Young, I'm 36 years family physician newly infected with HIV. My question is , with the new medication would it still possible to work as a general practitioner without exposing myself to a life threatening condition?Thank you for your answer.

Answer

Hello and thanks for posting.

Sorry to learn of your recent diagnosis, but know that with current care and treatment, you can live a normal quality and most likely, duration of life.

Moreover, there's no particular reason why you shouldn't be able to continue to work as a medical doctor. There is abundant evidence that people with undetectable virus don't transmit the virus to others (check out the U=U campaign. If you live in the US or in at least a few other countries (the UK and Canada, for example) medical boards allow poz physician and other medical providers to work.

I hope that this is helpful. Be well, BY