I’ve recently been watching ER on HULU…probably one of the premiere medical shows on TV after the initiation of the HIV crisis. I was a young adult when the HIV crisis reared it’s head; I didn’t worry about consequences to me and I have to admit, I don’t personally know anyone that was a casualty of the early HIV identification. I didn’t do a great deal of research about the virus during this period of time nor did I know much until recently. I was not a TV watcher over the years and ‘bingeing’ this show has alerted me to a number of issues that I missed at various periods of my life.
I now know that many homosexual men take HIV ‘vitamins’ as a precaution against HIV/AID’s. I applaud this decision. I know that the road was long and arduous for many individuals, homosexual or heterosexual during those early years. I’m sure there is so much more to learn about this disease and I’ve only made a dent in that learning process.
It hit me that I began my business as a Health Care Staffing company and HR Consulting company. I wondered if health care workers were or are required to inform their employers of their HIV status. It is purely voluntary as to whether health care professionals inform an employer. I was pleased to learn that they do not, however, they have to protect themselves with universal precautions at all times….and it is not just those that work in the traditional health care field that are obligated to follow these precautions.
The universal precaution is for the worker and the patient (customer/client).
Did you all know that Hairstylists, Estheticians, Manicurists and Barbers are considered part of the healthcare community when it comes to HIV transmission?
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV destroys blood cells called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight disease. This results in a weakened immune system, making persons with HIV or AIDS at risk for many different types of infections. Transmission of HIV to patients while in healthcare settings is rare. However, proper sterilization and disinfection procedures are required to prevent infection risks. Most exposures do not result in infection.