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A 24-year-old male asked:

is it more difficult to get a job as a nurse or doctor with hiv? i'm just curious if that is an issue that gets in the way of being hired at hospitals

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ask hospitals: I think this goes beyond the scope of our clinical role at HealthTap, but in the spirit of facilitation, I suggest you discuss this with the administration at any hospital you plan on applying to, if you are talking about yourself. Obviously, being infected with HIV places an added potential infectious risk to all patients you contact physically, but I believe can safely be circumvented
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Absolutely, more so: because hospitals are buildings full of sick people: people who are both (a) more vulnerable to injury & infection than most not in hospitals plus (b) people who are hospitalized are far more likely to sue the hospital, & everyone associated, for any injury or bad outcome which they perceive as being induced by anything which happened while they were in a hospital. This powerfully drives costs ↑.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What questions should I ask my nurse/docter about my HIV?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Ask away: Whatever questions you have. Time spent answering patient questions is some of the most productive that a health care professional does, and we're very glad to do it.
Los Angeles, CA
A 24-year-old male asked:

Do doctors and nurses with HIV have to disclose their status to their colleagues in a hospital? Seems like that should be confidential.

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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Hospital notified: Healthcare workers who test positive must notify the Dept of Public Health and hospital they are on staff. This must be done to protect patients who may be potentially be exposed during invasive procedures, even thought the risk is small if contact precautions are followed. The regulations very state by state.
MI
A 24-year-old female asked:

I was thinking and can the nurse person lie to me about my HIV result and put it into the computer as a lie?

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Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ethics: Ethical health care providers do not lie to patients or knowingly enter false information into a medical record. That understood, any person has the capacity to lie; most of us choose to tell the truth.

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