New international guidelines to protect health workers from HIV and tuberculosis (TB) have been established by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), according to an ILO statement. "These guidelines directly aim to ensure that health workers have access to universal and standard precautions, preventive therapy for tuberculosis, HIV post-exposure prophylaxis, treatment, compensation schemes for occupational infection, and social security or occupational insurance at the workplace," said Assane Diop, ILO executive director for the social protection sector.

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