The Health Sector has about 60,000 health personnel in different categories. Many of them are in direct contact with infected persons and face the risk of infection through occupational exposure. They are also at risk by virtue of being sexually active members of the population depending on their behaviour and other situations that increase vulnerability to HIV.
In addition, health workers are highly regarded members of their communities, and are frequently sought for general, non-medical advise. It is therefore important to train, sensitize, and make all health workers "HIV/AIDS-competent", as well as provide appropriate means of protection through well established workplace programmes, including Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) as detailed in Chapter 13.The health facility management should make sure that protective gears and supportive policies/environment for workplace HIV interventions are available and utilised by health care workers on site