I'm a very healthy guy who happens to be HIV positive, and I'm hoping someone can help me out by answering a couple of questions, please: 1) Can I get into an RN program to advance my career, or are there entry forms at many (most?) college nursing programs
that a) ask you to disclose your HIV status, or b) indicate that you can't qualify as a nursing student in the program if you're HIV positive? 2) Are your employment opportunities restricted if you're an HIV positive RN?
Again, I'm very healthy, have a normal CD4 count, and take meds, which make my viral load undetectable. I'm fully aware that the undetectability does not mean that the virus is gone; it's simply not detectable because of the drug. I would never deny, if asked point blank by a school administrator or on an entry form, that I have HIV. But I have also been taking prerequisite classes to get into nursing school
and want to tackle this potential hurdle prior to applying. If anyone has any experience with a situation like mine, or has any information to share, I would be grateful to hear back from you. Thank you!
Apr 7, '17
Hi daniam25! I admire your boldness and confidence!! I was born HIV+ and I will be graduating from nursing school in 3 weeks....and I am absolutely terrified and not sure if I made the right choice. I see that you have experience in ER and ICU which are 2 specialties that I was considering, but not sure if I have the guts to work in due to my status....or in any area dealing with needles for that matter. It was really one of those things where I was told that I should not be a nurse, but that made me want to be one more than ever. And now, here I am and I'm wondering if maybe I should've listened. Any advice?
Last edit by samjwm8309 on Apr 7, '17