J. Stephan Stapczynski, MD
To the Editors: Why students have misconceptions about the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in health care settings is easy to understand (1). The short, tragic history of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic is replete with underappreciation by "the experts" of the potential risks of transmission associated with various body fluids. The number of persons who developed AIDS after receiving a blood transfusion at the start of the epidemic is a case in point.
Granich and Mermin (1) criticize the misconception among medical students that HIV could be transmitted through aerosolization of body fluids. Just this past week
Stapczynski JS. "Misconceptions" about AIDS. Ann Intern Med. ;115:411. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-5-411_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(5):411.
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