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Potential Infection of health care workers
Jun 3, 2001

In a healthcare setting, a TB test was administered and a needle was inadvertently reused for another person thus potentially contaminating the vial. The vial was later used for other TB tests. If the 1st person was hiv positive, what is the likelyhood it would of transmitted to all other subsequent recievers of TB tests?

Response from Dr. Henry

The risk for HIV infection of the next person administered a TB skin test if the first person was HIV + would probably be in the range of 1/1000-1/100 (0.1%-1%). If the needle were used then on additional persons the risk would diminish further. KH

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