HIV Positive Nurses Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the issue of a healthcare worker being infected with HIV.
# 151013 | 1,649 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper explores the pros and cons of having HIV positive nurses in direct care delivery. The paper reveals that the occupational infection of HIV from the healthcare worker (HCW) to the patient is very negligible, however, the extent of discrimination and stigma on a HIV infected HCW is much higher creating severe health, economic and psychosocial consequences. The paper reaches the conclusion that while patients' safety should be the foremost issue in the field of health provision, care must be taken not to subject the HIV positive HCWs to undue discrimination.

HIV Positive Nurses In healthcare
The Culture of Stigmatization and the Dangers

From the Paper:

"HIV is a global epidemic that is causing significant strain on our already stretched health care system. Almost three decades later the search for a cure to HIV still continues to elude us. However, the vast amount of research over the last decade has considerably changed our view of HIV from being an untreatable and fatal disease to a chronic treatable condition. While we are focused on the prevention, therapeutic progress and the discrimination of HIV patients a new debate has arisen. There is widespread concern about HIV positive workforce in the healthcare sector, particularly the nurses who are the primary caregivers and the potential dangers of infecting patients under their care. The healthcare sector in particular has been identified as the area where discrimination against HIV positive people is more pronounced. [Mahendra (2007)] Fear of discrimination puts off health care workers (HCW) from screening themselves for HIV and thereby delaying their own treatment. Tarwirevi & Majako (2003) report that 77% of HCW were unwilling to test themselves for HIV. [Sadoh, 2009] The recently conducted UK National AIDS Trust Study also reported that one fifth of the HIV positive HCW who reported their status felt they were discriminated in the workplace."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Susan J. Westrick, JD, MS, RN, Katherine McCormack Dempski, JD, BSN, RN, (2009),'Essentials of Nursing Law and Ethics', Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Pg. 223-224
  • Kathy Shaw, (Oct 2003), 'Workplace Issues for HIV positive Nurses', Georgia Nursing, available online at,
  • Mahendra, VS. Gilborn, L., Bharat, S., Mudoi, R., Gupta, I., George, B. etal.(2007). Understanding and measuring AIDS related stigma in health caresettings: A developing country perspective, Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, 4, 616-625.
  • Susan Trossman, (Feb 2004), 'Nurses Advocate for Nurses: ANA Leadership backs measure to ensure the practice of RN's infected with HIV', Nevada Rnformation. , Available Online at,
  • Jones, Sande Gracia, (Feb 2004), 'Research Abstract: I am Still a Nurse: The Lived Experience of HIV Positive Nurses', Alabama Nurse.

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APA Format

HIV Positive Nurses (2012, May 18) Retrieved September 28, 2023, from

MLA Format

"HIV Positive Nurses" 18 May 2012. Web. 28 September. 2023. <>