Hepatitis C in the Workplace: Should Health Care Professionals Disclose?

by Lucinda K. Porter, RN

About nine months ago, a hepatitis C advocate contacted me and asked if I would be open to having a discussion on hepatitis C among healthcare professionals. Specifically, should we disclose or shouldn’t we? He talked about hepatitis C-positive medical professionals faced with the dilemma of disclosing their hepatitis C status to their employer. Some who divulged their status were terminated. There are also cases of those who were denied a job because pre-employment screening revealed that they had hepatitis C.


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