PRISCILLA A. FURTH, M.D.
To the editor: In an editorial (1) on the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) as an occupational disease, Brennan states that "the accident leading to an HIV infection in a health care worker will generally be easily identified." In fact, the accident may be difficult to determine for three reasons. First, not all patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will be identified. Most of the one to two million people in the United States who are now asymptomatically infected have not been diagnosed. Persons who are acutely infected with HIV are not identified by current serologic tests (2). A
FURTH PA. Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) as an Occupational Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;108:156–157. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-156
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):156-157.
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