HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Prevention Program for Health Care Professionals - Minnesota Dept. of Health

HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Prevention Program for Health Care Professionals

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Who is covered
How it works

Minnesota passed legislation in 1992 that mandated the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and/or the professional licensing boards to evaluate and monitor licensed healthcare professionals who have HIV or hepatitis B virus (HBV) (e antigen positive only). In 2000, the Minnesota legislature added hepatitis C virus (HCV) to the mandate. You can view the law at MN Office of the Revisor of Statutes: §§214.17-214.25: HIV, HBV, AND HCV Prevention Program.

The licensing boards of those regulated health care professionals have contracted with MDH to do any necessary evaluation, counseling, and follow up monitoring of the health care professionals.

Who is covered

Health care professionals regulated by this mandate include licensed:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Dentists
  • Dental assistants
  • Dental hygienist
  • Chiropractors
  • Podiatrists

How it works

Our intent is to provide a process that minimizes disruption while protecting the health care professional’s rights to due process and fulfilling the Commissioner's obligations under the law. MDH makes every effort to protect confidentiality during the review process, and we do not disclose the infection status of health care professionals we work with.

  • Program staff meets with health care professionals to discuss professional practice role, infection prevention habits and health history.

  • We design a professional practice monitoring agreement that will enable the health care professional to continue to practice to the fullest capacity of their training, while ensuring the potential for infection transmission is minimized.
  • Monitoring agreements require the health care professional to provide an annual update to the program. Annual updates include any changes to professional practice role or location, and health status changes related to the potential risk for infection transmission.

Updated Monday, 30-Oct-2017 10:46:54 CDT