HIV infection risk to health-care workers

Robyn M. Gershon, David Vlahov

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The risk of occupationally acquired human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in exposed health-care workers has been estimated to be 0.5% after accidental needlestick with an HIV-contaminated needle. Needlestick injuries resulting in parenteral exposure to HIV-infected material are the most common reported cause of occupational HIV infection in health-care workers. With 60% of these exposures unpreventable even with strict adherence to current infection control procedures, it is necessary to develop technical changes in work protection in order to further reduce the risk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A-802-A-806
JournalAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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