ZALMEN A. ARLIN, M.D.
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To the editor: The recent recommendations in the March issue (1) are useful guidelines for health care workers and patients who must face the epidemic of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). As with other guidelines, they help persons make more rational and humane medical decisions. Regrettably, some persons will interpret these guidelines as the answer to all questions raised by the epidemic. At least two issues need to be clarified.
1. Are health workers who have AIDS or the AIDS-related complex at risk if they work in units with patients infected with organisms to which they might be susceptible?
ARLIN ZA. Guidelines For Infection With the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Health Care Workers. Ann Intern Med. ;108:906–907. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-6-906_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(6):906-907.
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