Hepatitis B No Barrier To Health Careers, Feds Say

(May 5, 2013)--The federal government has moved to protect hepatitis B-positive health care providers and students studying for careers in medicine or dentistry from being targeted because of the diagnosis.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a legal settlement that hepatitis B patients are protected by federal disability law.

Separately, federal health officials issued a revised set of guidelines that make it clear that healthcare workers and students who carry the hepatitis B virus generally pose little or no threat to patients.

Advocates say the new health guidelines and the Justice Department settlement give health professionals and students a pair of powerful tools to combat discrimination.

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