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December/January 2007/2008 (vol. 04/4)

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HIV-positive and fit to practise

One man’s personal experience of HIV diagnosis and the role OH played in supporting him at work as an NHS doctor

Summary:

In October, an NHS doctor wrote an anonymous article for a national newspaper on his experience following diagnosis with HIV infection and in trying to maintain a career in medicine1. A significant feature in coping with his illness and now thriving in a new specialty has been the support of OH professionals.

MY journey through an HIV diagnosis as a medical professional entailed, almost from day one, contact with occupational health services within the NHS – as I remember, it was, in fact, the day after the diagnosis. Since diagnosis, …

The author is an NHS doctor in south east England.

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2007/2008 (vol. 04/4) pp29-31

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