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CDC: work-related HIV infection rare.

Since 1999, only one confirmed case of a health care worker acquiring HIV on the job has been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a study finds.

In comparison, 58 confirmed cases and 150 possible cases of occupationally acquired HIV among health care workers were reported to the agency between 1985 and 2013, according to data published in the Jan. 9 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The one case confirmed since 1999 involved a laboratory technician who sustained a needle puncture while working with live HIV culture. Among the 58 confirmed cases of occupationally acquired HIV, routes of exposure included a puncture, cut and exposure to blood.

The study noted that occupational-related HIV infection has become rare in the U.S., with few confirmed cases since the late 1990s. Researchers noted that the decline in such HIV cases among health care workers may be due to underreporting, though it could also point to the effectiveness of safety training as well as post-exposure management.

To read the full study, visit www.cdc.gov/mmwr.

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Title Annotation:ON THE JOB IN BRIEF
Author:Krisberg, Kim
Publication:The Nation's Health
Date:Mar 1, 2015
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