This handbook is about occupational exposure (workplace accidents) and HIV transmission. It is designed specifically for first responders – emergency medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and corrections staff, and their families. It references laws and institutions in British Columbia, although much of the information may be useful to people in other occupations and jurisdictions.
It covers topics like understanding transmission risk, HIV testing options, post-exposure protocols (medications to prevent infection), legal issues, medical privacy and how to talk to your family about a possible exposure to HIV in the course of work.
This handbook covers information that you need to know to understand your options in the case of an occupational exposure to HIV and to help you make informed choices.