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      Awareness about HIV infection among the paramedical staff in a tertiary care hospital in Delhi, India

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          In India, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a growing epidemic involving all sections of the society. Health care personnel are at increased risk of acquiring blood borne diseases like AIDS, hepatitis, etc. We aimed to assess the level of awareness of HIV infection among the paramedical staff working in a tertiary care hospital. A total number of 207 paramedical staff were asked to complete a questionnaire covering the various aspects of HIV and AIDS which was then critically reviewed. We observed that 57.54% of the staff was aware of the different aspects of HIV infection. Our results highlighted that awareness regarding the different facets of HIV varied among the nurses, lab technicians and support staff. Transmission of blood borne infections through needle stick injury is a harsh reality involving health care personnel. There is an urgent need to teach basic knowledge about HIV infection among high-risk populations.

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                Journal
                Clin Pract
                Clin Pract
                CP
                CP
                Clinics and Practice
                PAGEPress Publications (Pavia, Italy )
                2039-7275
                2039-7283
                18 January 2012
                01 January 2012
                : 2
                : 1
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Surgery, Lady hardinge Medical College, Delhi;
                [2 ]Department of Biochemistry, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi;
                [3 ]Department of Biochemistry, GB Pant Hospital, Delhi, India
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Nikhil Gupta, Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, India. nikhil_ms26@ 123456yahoo.co.in
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                cp.2012.e13
                10.4081/cp.2012.e13
                3981352
                24765412
                ©Copyright N. Gupta et al., 2012

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 3.0 License (CC BY-NC 3.0).

                Licensee PAGEPress, Italy

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