Statement Calling for Revision of the CDC Policy on HIV-Positive Health Care Workers, Larry Gostin (2008)

Letters and Other Advocacy Documents

In this statement provided to the Center for HIV Law & Policy, Professor Larry Gostin, an internationally recognized public health lawyer, calls on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to revisit its policy on HIV-positive health care workers. The policy has not been revised since it was issued in 1990, despite the fact that they no longer reflect advances in medicine and science. According to Gostin, "It is now time to revisit this issue. As we work to advance the idea that HIV testing is always in the individual’s interest, that HIV is a treatable, manageable disease, and that HIV stigma is on the decline, we must ensure that national policy reflects these ideals."