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Updated June 30, 2004

Case 1: Risk Factors for HIV Transmission in Percutaneous Exposure

Author: Christopher Behrens, MD

A phlebotomist sustains a percutaneous injury (needlestick) immediately after drawing blood from an HIV-infected patient.

Which of the following has NOT been documented to increase the risk of HIV transmission to a health care worker following a percutaneous needlestick injury involving an HIV-infected source patient?

A Deep injury to the health care worker.
B Source patient with end-stage AIDS.
C Device/needle used in an artery or vein of the source patient.
D Device/needle visibly bloody immediately prior to the needlestick injury.
E Age of the health care worker.