Feb 3, 2008
what are the chances that someone can get HIV from a needle stick?
Response from Dr. Frascino
I've addressed this topic many times in the past. Check the archives for more detailed responses. Briefly, the average risk of acquiring HIV in a health care setting after a percutaneous exposure to HIV-infected blood has been estimated at 0.3% (with 95% confidence interval). The statistical odds are lower than what most health care workers fear, but that doesn't mean it can't happen. (Yours truly is an excellent example.)
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