I’m worried about infecting other people at work, should I tell my workmates or my boss?

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Apart from the exceptions listed above, you do not need to disclose your HIV status to your employer. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees, and employees also have a duty to protect their own health and safety, and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others in the workplace. Your employer should ensure that Standard Precautions are used if blood or other bodily fluids are spilt in the workplace. Your employer is responsible for ensuring that the means to use standard Precautions are available. For example, first aid kits should include disposable gloves.

If you are concerned that an incident at work has put others at risk of HIV, contact your HIV specialist or QPP to seek advice. Effective steps can be taken within 72 hours to avoid any risk to others. Often, risk can be avoided without disclosing your HIV status.

Talk to your specialist doctor or contact QPP if you have concerns about your risk to others at work. Disclosing in the workplace can be very problematic because there are no privacy protections.

Source: HIV/AIDS Legal Centre, Sydney  http://halc.org.au/publications/guides-to-hiv-and-the-law/