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Nurses and the occupational risk of blood-borne infections

Shreedevi Balachandran


There is one subject related to health care workers, particularly nurses, that I have never heard discussed, whether in government or in private hospitals, where nurses form the largest workforce. I refer to occupational health safety for nurses in the context of blood-borne infections including HIV. This includes training to reduce the risk of HIV exposure, availability of appropriate protection, post-exposure care, and employment security on becoming HIV-positive. This has serious implications in the context of people’s right to treatment regardless of HIV status.

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