Should HIV Positive People Be Allowed to Practice in the Healthcare Field?

Should HIV Positive People Be Allowed to Practice in the Healthcare Field?

"I just think it is time for us to be a little more open minded about people who have their HIV under control."

I ran across an interesting article the other day while I was surfing the web. It was about possibly allowing HIV positive people the opportunity to become more active in the healthcare industry. The argument is that there is no reason why a person who has been diagnosed with HIV be barred from becoming a doctor, surgeon or even a dentist. Of course there are some stringent criteria that must be met like having a viral load below 200 copies per ml and they have to be actively taking all of their HIV treatments.

I am all for the empowerment of people who know their status and are doing everything they are supposed to keep themselves healthy. I know that this in itself will cause some controversy but just think about it. How many healthcare workers are actively providing us with services and they refuse to get their status known? What about those who do know and refuse to get treatment?

I mean sure, to get started in healthcare you have to be tested for certain ailments and diseases, but there are no requirements currently in place to make disease testing such as HIV mandatory for healthcare workers every six months or yearly. Many of our current healthcare workers have other forms of disease that can be passed on to patients. It's just no one ever talks about it. Also something else to consider is that we come in contact with people and infectious diseases when we go to stores, public transit and even our work places. 

Out of all the films we see made every year, we see more made on how aliens, diseases unknown other than HIV and natural disasters wiping us out than anything else. I just think it is time for us to be a little more open minded about people who have their HIV under control. While you may not want them performing surgeries, why not the opportunity to at least take your blood pressure and other duties that are not as invasive. Part of being aware is being open minded to change and adapting.  Part of being aware is being properly informed about AIDS/HIV so you can see why this is concept may not be such a bad idea after all.