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Patients tested after HIV discovery

PUBLISHED: 16:11 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:52 12 August 2010

HUNDREDS of patients have been contacted after the discovery that a medic in south-east London is HIV positive. More than 300 people

HUNDREDS of patients have been contacted after the discovery that a medic in south-east London is HIV positive.

More than 300 people have been offered a saliva test and counselling. Patient notes stretching back 10 years were studied before action was taken. Dr David Sulch, medical director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust, said the tests were just a precautionary measure and risk of infection was minimal.

He added: "We have carefully studied all notes to identify any patient who might have been at risk of contracting the virus from this health care worker."

No one in the UK has yet caught the incurable blood virus from a health care worker.

To find out more about the risks, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

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