HIV positive Filipino nurses

  1. Hi. Just want to know if HIV positive filipino nurses can migrate in the US and work as a nurse?
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  3. by   YeXinZhi
    Hello,

    The Center for Disease Control removed HIV from the list of communicable diseases of public significance. The expectation is that US embassy panel physicians follow CDC's regulations and not test HIV for immigration purposes.

    Having an employer offer you employment with the knowledge of you having HIV is another question. I don't see why being HIV-positive should impact on your work as a nurse, unless there is an identified and considerable risk of transmission (which is highly unlikely in nursing work).
  4. by   Cruisome_RN
    I have an employment offer from an agency deploying nurses to US. I'm afraid they will terminate my contract once they discovered my condition. Do I need to worry about my case?
  5. by   YeXinZhi
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    I have an employment offer from an agency deploying nurses to US. I'm afraid they will terminate my contract once they discovered my condition. Do I need to worry about my case?
    When you filled out your application forms, do you remember answering any questions about HIV status or communicable diseases?

    I would review all the documentation you've submitted and signed.

    The point is as long as they don't care, or that they didn't bother asking about HIV status, or that you didn't mislead them in any way that led them to offer you employment, then you should be in the clear.

    They may not test for HIV as past of your immigration medical exam but when you land in the U.S. and commence employment your employer may screen you for HIV, Hep B, as part of their pre-employment processes (along with MRSA screening and vaccination history).

    If you are concerned about legal ramifications, then the appropriate course of action would be to consult a lawyer.
  6. by   YeXinZhi
    Quote from Cruisome_RN
    I have an employment offer from an agency deploying nurses to US. I'm afraid they will terminate my contract once they discovered my condition. Do I need to worry about my case?
    The other important thing is that each hospital or institution will have different policies and attitudes towards HIV. Even states differ from each other in this regard. It would be wise to check institution or state - specific rules regarding HIV.

    Personally I don't think should matter but that's just me.
  7. by   Nurse James
    Hi, i am also interested in applying and getting a work in the usa but im a bit hesitant if i should still pursue it bec i just acquired this condition but currently on ARV medications now.
  8. by   Cruisome_RN
    Go for it. The CDC lifted ban of hiv positive for immigration in the US
  9. by   Nursepoz
    Any update with your application?
  10. by   BrandonLPN
    Not to sound dense, but why would one have to disclose HIV status to your employer at all? Care for HIV positive patients in universal precautions.
  11. by   Nursepoz
    any update on this?

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