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Guidelines on HIV prophylaxis must be implemented

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 27 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1430
  1. Rachel U Sidwell, senior house officer,
  2. James S A Green, specialist registrar,
  3. Vas Novelli, consultant in paediatric infectious diseases
  1. Department of Dermatology, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London SW10 9NH
  2. Department of Urology, Royal Free Hospital, London NW3 2QG
  3. Great Ormond Street Hospital, London WC1N 3JH

    EDITOR—Duff et al's telephone survey of surgeons' and occupational health departments' awareness of guidelines on post-exposure prophylaxis for hospital staff who had been exposed to HIV raised two points.1 Firstly, although surgeons are indeed at risk of percutaneous exposure to HIV, it should be reiterated that there is a risk for all junior doctors and healthcare workers. Secondly, there seems to have been no assessment within the survey of how local policies are actually implemented. The survey assumed that if the occupational health department had …

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