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close this bookCaring with Confidence - Practical information for health workers who prevent and treat HIV infection in children (AHRTAG, 1997, 60 p.)
close this folderSection 4. Issues for health workers
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View the document4.1 Pressures on health workers
View the document4.2 Preventing transmission in health facilities
View the document4.3 Advising and counselling caregivers



· Health workers face increased pressure and stress because of HIV/AIDS.

· Following recommended safety precautions can reduce the risk of transmission at work.

· Health workers need to consider how to talk to parents and children about HIV, and to help them plan for the future. Living positively with HIV should be emphasised for children as much as for adults.

This Section discusses strategies to address some of the important issues that health and community workers may be concerned about, including talking to caregivers about difficult subjects, lack of resources, stress and workload, and fears about their own safety.