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July 1993

Update: Investigations of Persons Treated by HIV-Infected Health-Care Workers—United States

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(7):841-842. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680280029003
Abstract

Previous reports have described transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to five persons (patients A, B, C, E, and G) during receipt of care from an HIV-infected dentist in Florida1-3 and other investigations of patients who were treated by HIV-infected health-care workers (HCWs).4 This report updates these investigations and presents evidence that a sixth patient (patient I) became infected with HIV while receiving care at the Florida dental practice, the only practice in which HIV transmission from an infected HCW to patients has been documented.

Investigation of Patients of HIV-Infected HCWs (Excludes Florida Dental Practice)  As of March 31,1993, HIV tests were completed for 19,036 persons treated by 57 HIV-infected HCWs. These results include findings in published reports4-7 and unpublished investigations reported to CDC.No seropositive persons were reported among 11,529 patients tested from the practices of 46 HCWs, including 23 dentists and dental students, 12 physicians

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