I have a question here. At the facility where I work, we have a recently new admit that by all accounts by the staff has symptoms of HIV/AIDS. I have not had to care for this person as yet, but I've been told (by my fellow nurses) that if he indeed does have it, we do not have to be informed!!
His Dx. is pneumonia, and has open lesions on BLE, extensive hx. of drinking, smoking, and IV drug use. By appearances, he is the classic "hippy". I was inforned last week at work that if someone comes in with a Dx. of HIV/AIDS, we as staff are not required to be informed!! Is this a common practice where you are? We are made aware when someone has MRSA, VRE, C. diff, etc.. Why in the world are we allowed to be put at risk with this particular disease???