Most of the professions that qualify for the highest level of risk are home-based, according to a study published Monday.
Home-based workers have the highest chance of contracting HIV and other infectious diseases from their work, the National Center for Health Statistics said in a statement.
That’s because they are generally in a position of greater risk, and they can also be more vulnerable to the diseases that come with their job.
“The home-centered occupations have high risk, but not nearly as high as the traditional, long-haul truck driver,” said Andrew S. Faulders, a professor of health economics at Rutgers University.
“People in these jobs have to deal with a lot of stress and they often take more risks than they should.
And that makes them more vulnerable.”
The researchers found that the occupations that were most dangerous and that accounted for the most infections had fewer than 10 percent of their workers covered by health insurance, compared to about 60 percent of workers in the long-distance trucking industry and about 70 percent of truckers.
Those workers were more likely to be working in low-paying jobs or as part of small operations that make up less than 10% of their workforce, according the report.
The study, titled Undertaker Professionals in the U.S.
A Safe Home-Based Sector, also found that some of the top 10 most dangerous occupations included janitors, security guards, sales and related occupations, medical and pharmacy occupations, and food preparation and serving jobs.
The researchers also found some of those occupations were more common in the Midwest and the Northeast.
For instance, the health and human services occupations accounted for nearly a quarter of all workers who contracted HIV.
“These jobs are particularly at risk because they’re highly vulnerable to disease outbreaks,” Faulds said.
“It’s a place that has more people that are vulnerable to infection and transmission.”
The study did not find a link between job exposure and an individual’s HIV status.
The report comes as more states are considering laws requiring people to be vaccinated against HIV, and many of the state’s top health officials have urged states to protect the public and health workers who work in the fields of health care and public health.
The new report comes on the heels of another report last month that found that states that require workers to be tested for HIV are at greater risk of contracting the disease.
That report found that more than half of all new HIV infections in the United States were contracted in states that required health officials to test workers for HIV.
States have also been trying to reduce the spread of the virus by reducing the number of workers who are infected.
In New Jersey, for instance, health officials say there is a 10% reduction in new infections from workers in health care settings, compared with states where they are required to get tested.More: