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Am J Infect Control. 2014 May;42(5):569-70. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.01.014.

Look-back investigation of a health care worker infected with human immunodeficiency virus.

Author information

1
Expert Panel on HIV Infection of Health Care Workers (2009-2012), Hong Kong SAR, China. Electronic address: seo_spp@dh.gov.hk.
2
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong SAR, China.
3
Expert Panel on HIV Infection of Health Care Workers (2009-2012), Hong Kong SAR, China.
4
Albion Street Centre, WHO Collaborating Centre for Capacity Building and Health Care Workers Training in HIV/AIDS Care, Treatment and Support, Sydney, Australia.
5
The College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Abstract

We report the referral of an HIV-infected surgeon and a subsequent first-ever recommended look-back investigation in Hong Kong. Efficient coordination and effective implementation of the look-back investigation yielded a high response rate of 92.3% of priority patients, with none tested HIV positive. Our experience reconfirmed the very small risk of provider-to-patient HIV transmission and the crucial importance of infection control.

KEYWORDS:

HIV transmission; Infection control

PMID:
24773799
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2014.01.014
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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