Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia

, Volume 44, Issue 7, pp 689–695

Human immuno-deficiency virus and health care workers: risking livelihood as well as life

  • A. Joseph Layon
  • Stanley H. Rosenbaum
  • Lynn Dirk


At the time of the public scare over patients infected with HIV by a dentist in Florida, the resulting sense of crisis created serious division in the medical profession about the facts of HIV transmission and distortions in the public press about the frequency of transmission.20 With time, these problems have subsided, and HC workers now have an opportunity to reconsider how to treat HIV+ colleagues and how to educate the public.20 Whatever plan is adopted, it must address the concerns of both patients and those who will care for them.

Le virus de Pimmunodéficience humaine et les travailleurs sanitaires: le risque d’y perdre son gagne-pain et d’y laisser sa vie


En Floride, la transmission du VIH d’un dentiste à ses patients a créé tout un émoi dans le public. La crise qui a suivi a révélé au sein de la profession médicale le profond désaccord existant sur la transmission du VIH qui fut amplifié par les inexactitudes sur la fréquence de cette transmission propagées par la presse.20 Avec le temps, la poussière s’est dispersée, et les travailleurs sanitaires ont maintenant l’opportunité d’examiner à nouveau comment il doivent traiter leurs collègues séropositifs et éduquer le public.20 Quel que soit le plan adopté, il doit s’attaquer à la fois aux préoccupations des patients et à celles de ceux en ont soin.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Joseph Layon
    • 1
  • Stanley H. Rosenbaum
    • 1
  • Lynn Dirk
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery, and MedicineUniversity of Florida College of MedicineGainesville
  2. 2.Departments of Anesthesiology, Medicine, and SurgeryYale University School of MedicineNew Haven

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