Sydney surgeon accused of HIV transfer

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1603
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Australian correspondent, Guardian.

    The Sydney surgeon involved in what is believed to be the world's first case of patient to patient transmission of HIV has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct. An inquiry by the New South Wales Medical Tribunal has, however, failed to discover how the cross infection took place.

    The tribunal found that there had been a breach of proper procedures by Dr T P Davis, aged 63, whose first name has been suppressed, which led to four women aged between 18 and 81 contracting HIV. It concluded that infection control guidelines must have been breached to allow the virus to pass from a male patient who was …

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