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Surveillance for Occupationally Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection

To help determine the number of persons infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) resulting from occupational exposure and to characterize the incidents resulting in transmission, CDC has initiated a nationwide surveillance system for HIV-infected persons who may have acquired their infection through occupational exposures. This information will be used to assist efforts to develop and evaluate additional recommendations to prevent these types of exposures.

Health-care providers are encouraged to report cases to CDC through HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) case surveillance systems at the state/local health department. To protect confidentiality of reported workers, no names or other identifying information are sent to CDC. Questions regarding this surveillance system should be directed to the Division of HIV/AIDS, National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC, Mailstop E-49, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone (404) 639-2076.

Reports of information collected in this system, as well as AIDS case surveillance, will be included in CDC's quarterly HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report beginning in July 1992.

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