• Journal Article

Occupational exposure and voluntary human immunodeficiency virus testing: a survey of Maryland hospitals

Citation

Solomon, L., Thompson, C., Squiers, L., Wulff, K., & Benjamin, G. (1999). Occupational exposure and voluntary human immunodeficiency virus testing: a survey of Maryland hospitals. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 20(6), 430-432.

Abstract

A survey was conducted to estimate how often healthcare providers were exposed to patients' blood and the percentage of incidents in which patients agreed to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing. Data from 38 hospitals with 53,508 employees revealed 2,244 exposures. Of 1,732 requests for information regarding the HIV status of the source patient, only 77 (6%) resulted in the patient's refusal to consent to an HIV test.