Reducing the risk of nosocomial HIV infection in British health workers working-overseas: role of post-exposure prophylaxis

Gilks, Charles F. and Wilkinson, David (1998) Reducing the risk of nosocomial HIV infection in British health workers working-overseas: role of post-exposure prophylaxis. BMJ, 316 7138: 1158-1160. doi:10.1136/bmj.316.7138.1158


Author Gilks, Charles F.
Wilkinson, David
Title Reducing the risk of nosocomial HIV infection in British health workers working-overseas: role of post-exposure prophylaxis
Journal name BMJ   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-8146
0959-8138
Publication date 1998-04-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/bmj.316.7138.1158
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 316
Issue 7138
Start page 1158
End page 1160
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, England
Publisher British Medical Association.
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1108 Medical Microbiology
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Nosocomial HIV transmission is a particular worry for many doctors, medical students, and nurses who seek work experience in low income countries. Firstly, the prevalence of HIV infection among the patients they care for in poor countries is high. Secondly, these health workers are often relatively inexperienced—their technical skills may not be well practised and hence they are likely to be exposed to blood and other body fluids. Thirdly, many developing countries with a high prevalence of HIV lack the resources to implement universal precautions adequately. Finally, poor or inadequate equipment and facilities are more often encountered overseas and can increase the risks of exposure. These occupational risks are clearly additional to the risks from unprotected sex, for which separate preventive measures apply.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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