Timothy P. Flanigan, MD; Charles CJ. Carpenter, MD; Michael Close, MD
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To the Editors: The recent debate about human immunodeficiency virus (HlV)-infected health care workers has overlooked the particular problems facing those medical students, residents, and fellows who are at great risk of acquiring nosocomial HIV infection. These persons are on "the front lines," doing many invasive procedures (blood draws, intravenous insertion, paracentesis, lumbar puncture, and so forth), often in hurried and stressful circumstances. Whereas staff and attending physicians for the most part have disability and longterm health insurance, medical students, residents, and fellows have no or limited disability insurance and marginal long-term health insurance benefits.
Medical students, residents, and fellows
Flanigan TP, Carpenter CC, Close M. HIV Infection in the Workplace: Protecting the Vulnerable. Ann Intern Med. ;117:267. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-3-267_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(3):267.
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