Surgeon-to-Patient HIV Transmission Risk Very Low, CDC Report Says
January 9, 2009
The risk of an HIV-positive surgeon transmitting the virus to a patient is very low, according to a report published Friday in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Reuters Health reports. The report, conducted by M.J. Schwaber of the Israeli Ministry of Health and colleagues, examines the case of an Israeli heart surgeon who had practiced for about 20 years and performed about 150 operations each year. The surgeon in January 2007 tested positive for HIV, after which the health ministry instructed hospitals to offer HIV tests to all patients on whom the surgeon had operated since 1997. Of the 1,669 former patients identified, 545 agreed to take an HIV test. According to the report, all 545 former patients tested negative for HIV.
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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