Radiography and HIV

Question

I am considering going back to school to become a radiographer and I was wondering if I should expect any difficulty with getting the degree (discrimination from the school) and then getting a job because of my HIV status.

Answer

I would not anticipate any difficulty, especially given the specialty. Decisions about reporting HIV status are governed by individual hospital boards, so you might want to check a few hospitals in your target area. I do know of a site to check reporting requirements for nurses, so you could get an idea: check the summer 2000 issue (online) of the newsletter of ANAC, the Assoc. of Nurses in AIDS Care. They have a newsletter for HIV+ nurses, and that issue contains state by state reporting requirements. Go to www.anac.org. Your school should not even be asking you about HIV status. Good luck!