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Blood-borne pathogens

Blood-borne pathogens are infectious organisms in blood. Some are contagious and life-threatening. This can create ethical dilemmas including balancing the right of individuals – such as health care providers –- to confidentiality, with the need to protect public health. Hepatitis B and HIV-AIDS are two pathogens of specific concern to health care providers.

CMA policy

Blood-borne pathogens in the health care workplace (2004; most recent)

Additional resources

Health Canada: HIV and AIDS

College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia: Advisory Committee on Blood-Borne

Communicable Diseases in Physicians

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Ontario: Physicians with blood borne pathogens