Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
versão impressa ISSN 0037-8682
TOLEDO JUNIOR, Antonio Carlos C. et al. Knowledge, attitudes and behavior in relation to occupational risk for HIV among medical students of the School of Medicine Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 1999, vol.32, n.5, pp. 509-515. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86821999000500007.
The objectives of this study were to evaluate the occupational risk of medical students, their knowledge and practice of universal biosafety measures and hepatitis B immunization coverage. A specific questionnaire was applied to 136 medical students of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais: 87 (64%) students were involved in surgical procedures, 68 (50%) had been exposed to blood, 90 (66.2%) knew the universal biosafety measures and 33 (24.3%) knew the procedure in case of blood exposure. Thus, this population has a high risk of blood exposure and although there is a low formal knowledge about universal biosafety measures, most of these were generally used. New strategies, such as formal teaching of universal biosafety measures, in loco supervision, and biosafety teams, are necessary to change this situation.
Palavras-chave : HIV infection; Aids; Occupational risk; Prevention.