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Feb 3, 2008

what are the chances that someone can get HIV from a needle stick?

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

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.)

Dr. Bob



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