HIV in the Filipino healthcare worker: A way forward

Edsel Maurice Tanghal Salvana, National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila
Rontgene M. Solante, San Lazaro Hospital

Abstract

The unprecedented increase in HIV cases in the Philippines has not spared healthcare workers. Due to the severe stigma associated with this disease, healthcare workers (HCWs) with HIV face significant discrimination especially if they elect to continue practicing medicine. This article examines the evidence for occupational transmission of HIV from healthcare workers to patients, and provides a framework for ethical testing of HCWs and a means to continue practice while preserving patient safety.