Benefits of a rapid HIV test for evaluation of the source patient after occupational exposure of healthcare workers

V. Puro, D. Francisci, L. Sighinolfi, R. Civljak, B. Belfiori, P. Deparis, R. Roda, R. Modestino, F. Ghinelli, G. Ippolito

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Abstract

Rapid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing for the management of occupational exposure of healthcare workers significantly decreased the number of anti-retroviral post-exposure prophylaxis regimens started whilst awaiting HIV test results. The study confirmed an equivalent performance of the rapid test in comparison with HIV enzyme immunoassay, and suggests it is cost-effective. In addition, two other potential benefits emerged: reducing the number of source patients who remain untested and increasing the number of occupational exposures reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-182
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Occupational exposure
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Rapid test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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