Occupational exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) among embalmers: a pilot seroprevalence study.

@article{Turner1989OccupationalET,
  title={Occupational exposure to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) among embalmers: a pilot seroprevalence study.},
  author={Shelley Turner and L M Kunches and Kathy Gordon and Patricia Hyland Travers and Nancy E Mueller},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={1989},
  volume={79 10},
  pages={1425-6}
}
We performed a serosurvey of 133 embalmers in an urban area where human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is prevalent. Although we found histories of needlesticks to be common, and the seropositivity rate of hepatitis B virus (HBV) (13%) was approximately twice that of a blood donor comparison group, HIV antibody was uniformly absent in 129 embalmers who denied HIV risk factors, and present in one of four with self-described risk behaviors. The risk of HBV infection was higher among… CONTINUE READING