What Is The Treatment For Medical Personnel Infected With HIV?
Hello, I want to ask if in one agency there is a doctor who is infected with HIV and has done a rapid test with the serum and blood samples that are both resistant. What policy should the agency take after knowing it? If the infected doctor asks to keep the result secret for a while on the grounds that he is not sure that the results are truly accurate and will carry out an examination in another place, is it okay for the laboratory assistant to agree?
Good evening, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Before continuing, we apologize in advance if we cannot give a firm answer because matters of agency policy, it is entirely the authority of that agency. If the agency has established strict rules for, say, releasing each of its staff who is diagnosed with HIV for one reason or another, then we have no right to correct it. Likewise, suppose the policy is to provide health care to a certain stage, we have no right to obstruct it, and so on. Moreover, we do not really know the full story of the case you submitted, therefore we apologize once again if our answer does not match your expectations.
HIV is a disease caused by a virus, and is harmful to the body because of its damaging effects on the immune system and until now, no cure has been found. People living with HIV (PLWHA) will have to take drugs for a long period of time regularly and be disciplined to maintain their immune capacity optimally, but this still won't cure it. HIV can be transmitted through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, semen and breast milk, and cannot be transmitted through touch, sweat, kissing, saliva, tears, and sneezing and coughing.
If a person is suspected of having HIV because of having a risky relationship, he will be asked to do an HIV test within 4-12 weeks after the risky behavior, because the new HIV test can detect the body's antibodies at that time. Typically, the person will be asked to take the test at least two times, first at week 4, and the second at week 12.
This is because if the results are still negative at week 4, it could be because the antibodies have only been read at week 12, therefore, a person is actually said to be HIV negative if the results are non-reactive at the first test and the second test at week 12th or so. Some doctors perform a third examination at 6 months post risk behavior to increase the confidence of the test. Then, this repeated examination is usually only done if the results are non-reactive on the first examination. If it is reactive from the start, it is likely that the next test will remain reactive. In this regard, if the agency wants to invite the person to take an outside test with proof of an official stamp so that there is no fraud, then it is fine. Likewise, if it is prohibited because it is considered that the tests in the agency are as trustworthy as the tests that are outside, it does not matter.
Then regarding keeping the results secret, in the doctor-patient context, the doctor must keep the results of the examination, diagnosis, severity, treatment, and anything related to the patient secret from anyone, if the patient is over 18 years old and is no longer the responsibility of his parents. If you are under 18 years of age, your parents can still find out, but only their parents. If it is more than 18 years of age, no one may know any data about disease information without the patient's permission, even if it is his own biological parents, own children or husband / wife himself. Back again because this is the context of an agency, so it again depends on the regulations or policies that have been prepared previously.
Our suggestion is that if the policy in that agency does not include this condition, it is better to have a discussion involving policy makers, including doctors and other medical personnel. So, hopefully it answers your question.