Recovery of HIV at Autopsy

Keith Henry, David Dexter, Kim Sannerud, Brooks Jackson, Henry Balfour

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To the Editor: The occupational risk among health care workers of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains an important issue.1 2 3 This risk has been traditionally evaluated in terms of seroconversion among health care workers after inadvertent exposure to body fluids from patients.4 5 Several reports have used postmortem HIV-antibody and p24-antigen testing for epidemiologic and diagnostic purposes.6 7 8 To our knowledge, the viability of HIV after a patient's death, the key variable in assessing the actual risk to personnel engaged in prosection, has not been addressed in the medical literature. We report the recovery of HIV from a patient 18…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1833-1834
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 28 1989

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