HIV outbreaks caused by unsafe injection practice

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In 2014-2015, we saw 2 large outbreaks of HIV infection related to the unsafe use of injection equipment” Gokhale et al (2016).

Abstract:

In 2014-2015, we saw 2 large outbreaks of HIV infection related to the unsafe use of injection equipment. In Cambodia, 242 persons in one rural commune (population: approximately 8,000) received a diagnosis of HIV infection over the course of 3 months.

These infections were attributed to the reuse of injection equipment by an unlicensed health care provider in the informal health care sector.1 In the U.S. State of Indiana, 181 persons in a rural southeastern town (population: approximately 4,200) received a diagnosis of HIV infection over the course of 6 months.

Reference:

Gokhale, R.H., Galang, R.R., Pitman, J.P. and Brooks, J.T. (2016) A tale of 2 HIV outbreaks caused by unsafe injections in Cambodia and the United States, 2014-2015. American Journal of Infection Control. November 23rd. [epub ahead of print].

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2016.10.014

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