Potential for medical transmission of HIV in Ethiopia.
ABSTRACT The potential medical transmission of HIV through unsafe medical injections was evaluated in 16 rural health institutions in Ethiopia. Most institutions reported re-using disposable needle/syringes, and 12% of observed injections were given with used, disposable syringes prepared for re-use. Analysis of used needle flushes showed no HIV RNA; however, the sensitivity of our method was limited. Despite the re-use of disposable needles, medical injection practices are not likely to contribute significantly to HIV transmission in this region.
- SourceAvailable from: John J PotteratSex Transm Dis 02/2007; 34(1):54-6; author reply 57-8. · 2.59 Impact Factor