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 FAQ - Diseases and Disease Agents - Archived Through 2012



What is the estimated risk for contracting HIV through a percutaneous exposure?    

Prospective hospital-based studies indicate that the estimated risk for HIV infection after percutaneous exposure to HIV-infected blood is approximately 0.3%(1). To date, there are no confirmed occupationally acquired cases of HIV in dentistry.
(1) CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis. MMWR Morbid Mortal weekly Rep 2001;50(RR-11). Available at


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