Thursday, June 13, 2013

Federal agencies warn medical schools against discriminating against applicants and students with hepatitis B

On June 12, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and Education sent the following letter to all medical, dental and nursing schools warning them against discriminating against applicants and students infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Recently, the Department of Justice settled with a medical school when it was discovered the school had illegally rescinded its acceptance offers to three HBV-infected students.Applicants and students with HBV who feel they have been discriminated due to their hepatitis B status can use this letter to “educate” their medical school, or file complaints with the various agencies listed below.

—Christine. M. Kukka, Project Manager, HBV Advocate
 

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