In 1992, in response to a CDC directive, the New York State Department of Health issued a policy regarding the practice of HIV-positive health care workers. Three years later, the New York State AIDS Advisory Council Subcommittee on the HIV-Infected Health Care Worker issued this follow-up report, which includes revised recommendations. Specifically, this report acknowledges that HIV-positive health care workers pose little if any threat to patients, and recommends that the practice of these health care workers not be restricted, decisions regarding the work of these health care workers be based on science, and the focus be on standard infection control practices. The report refers specifically to the CDC guidelines, calling them “ill-advised and counter-productive.”
A state-by-state list of policies related to the practice of HIV-positive health care workers is available in the Resource Bank.