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Emergency Workers and the AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) Epidemic: A Guidebook for Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and Ambulance Service Personnel

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43 pages
This guidebook, geared toward emergency workers, provides information about AIDS, discusses how AIDS infiltrates the body, and defines clear and specific procedures to reduce risk of inadvertent exposure.
AIDS is a bloodborne disease that can undermine and eventually destroy the body's ability to fight off infection. The virus may be transmitted by any activity or situation that results in direct contact between certain body fluids of an infected person and the body fluids of another. While certain precautions should be taken when handling AIDS cases, no emergency worker who is not in a high risk group has ever contracted AIDS as a result of job-related activity. Guidelines discussed in detail include using soap and water to sterilize, avoiding needlesticks, and using pocket masks and rubber gloves. Information about AIDS testing and treatment and a listing of resources for additional information are included. Glossary.


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