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Guidelines -'Management of Accidental Exposure to HIV' were
circulated to the physicians of B.C in 1996. In certain situations these
advised the prophylactic administration of anti-retroviral drugs to the
victim accompanied by serial HIV measurements and universal body fluid
precautions. Blood from the source individual could only be obtained on
a voluntary basis.
This writer is aware of at least 5 local situations in which health
care workers and others were placed in the invidious position described
above because of failure to obtain the HIV status at source. One such
situation was broought to the attention of our local member of parliament
who is attempting to introduce a bill on this matter to the house.
Bill C-244 would enable a judge to order the taking of a blood sample
from any person who has either accidentally or deliberately contaminated a
Good Samaritan, health care professional, emergency professional, or
security professional while in the coourse of their duties. The blood
test analysis woould be used for medical treatment only.
Situations similar to the above must have occured in Britain. Are
they handled in a similar fashion ?.