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February 21, 2001

Public Policy for Health Care Workers Infected With the Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(7):882. doi:10.1001/jama.285.7.879

To the Editor: Mr Gostin1 recently described the current policy of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding health care workers infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The CDC policy reflects a failure to provide clear leadership on this politically sensitive public health issue. Similarly tepid stances by the CDC and other federal public health agencies on syringe exchange programs, HIV prevention for youth, and HIV surveillance contribute to continuation of a largely preventable epidemic.

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