• Vol. 37 No. 7, 576–579
  • 15 July 2008

Healthcare Workers and HIV Health Issues

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ABSTRACT

Should healthcare workers (HCWs) be routinely tested for HIV? The authors reviewed the literature on the risk and incidence of HIV transmission from HCW to patients and offer recommendations for HIV testing in HCWs in Singapore. Management of HCWs who are tested seropositive for HIV infection is also discussed in this paper.


This paper aims to present a comprehensive review of issues related to HIV testing in healthcare workers (HCWs) and proposes appropriate measures in response to implications of a positive test result. It reflects an attempt to address the need to protect patients, preserve public confidence in the healthcare system while at the same time, strive to ensure that the confidentiality and employment rights of the HCW with HIV infection are respected and protected.

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