HHS: Those With Hepatitis B, HIV Can Be Public Health Service Officers

The Department of Health and Human Services is opening employment with the U.S. Public Health Service to those with chronic hepatitis B and HIV, according to a Thursday news release.

Individuals suffering from the two conditions were previously disqualified from working for the USPHS, but the agency cited recent medical advancements that have made hepatitis B and HIV manageable. The change will go into effect immediately.

“As we recognize World AIDS Day and the progress made, I am honored to be a part of a change much bigger than our service,” HHS official Rachel Levine stated. “By changing our medical accession standards to reflect the latest evidence, we show the world that we are putting science first.”

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