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Document ID (ISN)104877
CIS number 06-454
ISSN - Serial title 0944-6052 - Arbeitsmedizin - Sozialmedizin - Umweltmedizin
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jarke J, Marcus U.
Title HIV infection of occupational origin among medical personnel - An assessment
Original title Berufsbedingte HIV-Infektionen bei medizinischem Personal - eine aktuelle ▄bersicht [in German]
Bibliographic information 2002, No.5, p. 218-220, 222-231. 73 ref.
Abstract In Germany, the risk of workplace infection by HIV is lower than that for hepatitis B or C. The possibilities for preventing a chronic infection by one of these viruses by a post-exposure intervention are comparable. Prophylactic procedures following a known or possible exposure to HIV are described in detail in German-Austrian recommendations concerning post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. In 44 declared cases of HIV infection of occupational origin among health care workers in Germany, only eight were identified as being clearly linked to work. In 16 cases, the link with occupational exposure was judged to be insufficient and in 20 cases, other risk factors were evident. To detect HIV infections contracted at work following an undeclared exposure and to facilitate the evaluation of the risk of transmission at work, all health care personnel in all sectors at risk should be offered HIV tests at regular intervals.
Descriptors (primary) immunodeficiency syndrome; health care personnel; infection control
Descriptors (secondary) prophylaxis; infectious hepatitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) HIV/AIDS
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)