Jul 5, 2006
I work for an organisation that provides services to persons with developmental disabilities in Indiana. Am I legally bound to disclose my status because I provide direct care for my clients: including assisting with bathing, toileting and administering medications?
Response from Ms. Breuer
No, no, no. If you were a health care worker performing invasive procedures, you would need to follow the disclosure policy of the hospital that employed you, but in your position, you are not putting clients at risk. I urge you to keep your diagnosis confidential. If you read other letters in this forum for a while, you'll see why.
I'm so glad you asked first.
I thought this point of view Q and A would be
interesting to LEOS ANGELS. Here is the [Enclosed Forum]
web link for as [Breuer] said more disscussion; related.
http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Workplace/Q176061.html?h72h Click on: SEARCH THE FORUM!
salaam Angel-what a great site and most important subject. I am pinning it to group. Personally I feel DO NOT DISCLOSE in the workplace...there is toomuch ignorance, hatred, judgemental people wholove to attach and work stigmas...additionally one may end upin the unemployment office-or worse-as hate crimes, alienation, harrassment is commonplace in the workfield for any issue those who lack sense and compassion can drum up...I say--protect thyself and others..assess your job tasks and act accordingly...in the healthcare field-those who are HIV positive are at more risk than those whom they care for (universal precautions!!) as they are exposed to an array of viruses, bacteria and illnesses from patients/clients...and with a weakened immune system, HIV positive individuals are at greater risk...so protect thyself...
A friend of mine was considering telling his boss his status due to doctors appointments (time)...but decided not to as he is a chef...while he wears gloves, he knew he would be fired-they would have found a way to get rid of him..due to ignorance and lack of education....so he found a way around it,and saved his much needed job. Additionally, we do not know what lies in the hearts of those we work with...one girl in my dept. was HIV positive...no one knew but our supervisor , myself and one other close friend...this was an HIV clinic...one day, she overheard her co-workers talking in the hallways, saying how disqusting HIV was and if anyone in their famly got it-they would not be around them, or associate with them....hmmm...makes me wonder why they were working there to begin with..my friend ran to her office and cried...
so-I say---protect thy self...mind body and spirit...and assess risk-on both poles...ignorance, hatred, stupidity, lack of compassion and concern-IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE WORKPLACE!!
QUESTION!! please post your views on the above topic!!