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Medic's HIV shock

PUBLISHED: 15:51 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 25 August 2010

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

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

Patient notes stretching back 10 years were studied to select more than 300 people who have been offered a saliva test and counselling.

Dr David Sulch, Medical Director at Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust, said it was just a precautionary measure and risk of infection is 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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