HIV & health care workers

HIV & health care workers

Occupational medicine The average risk of HIV infection after percutaneous exposure to HIV-infected blood is 0.3% Risk factors Deep wound; visible contamination of sharp of device; procedure involved a needle placed in 'source' artery or vein, source Pt died within 2 months of exposure due to AIDS; exposed HCWs are significantly–67% less likely to acquire HIV if they take AZT after exposure