South African Journal of Occupational Therapy
On-line version ISSN 0038-2337
VAN DER REYDEN, Dain. HIV/AIDS: Guidelines for practitioner conduct - within a legal and ethical framework. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2008, vol.38, n.1, pp. 41-42. ISSN 0038-2337.
The HIV/AIDS pandemic affects every sector and the very fabric of South African society and presents a challenge to every health practitioner and student1. As a profession and association, we accept that we need actively to deal with issues around HIV/AIDS, not only in terms of patients in our care, but also our students in training and our own colleagues. We acknowledge that whereas we need to protect ourselves against infection, we likewise need to protect the public from infection from ourselves. Legislation and numerous regulations and protocols exist which govern the duties and responsibilities of all sectors of the public, including occupational therapy practitioners. The fundamental premise of all legislation and regulations is that the person with HIV/AIDS may under no circumstances be discriminated against and must enjoy equal rights as a citizen. These rights are enshrined in the Bill of Rights2. This premise is enthusiastically endorsed by OTASA.