HIV-positive healthcare workers

  • Globally, there are four recorded cases of transmission from a healthcare worker to a patient. In several of these reports, key details and the exact route of transmission are unclear.
  • In the UK, HIV-positive workers are banned from 'exposure-prone activities'.
  • Almost all follow-up studies of surgeons known to be HIV-positive have failed to find any cases of HIV infection.
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