HIV+ Working

Question

I have searched everywhere for information on being HIV + and working in the medical field. I am a nurse and have been restricted from doing IV's, Blood draws, ect. What are the rules?

Answer

All healthcare workers are required to follow infection control practices and these are outlined in Policies of the institution. It does not make a difference if you have HIV, HEP C, etc. you still follow the guidelines that will help to prevent every patient from any potential infection, blood borne or otherwise. I believe the American Nurses Association has taken a position on this issue. Check out their website to see their recommendations and for contact information (http://www.nursingworld.org).

Lynne Gabriel