of dying and HIV infection vs hepatitis B
Journal of Public Health, Vol 82, Issue 4 584-586, Copyright
© 1992 by American
Schneiderman and RM Kaplan
of Community & Family Medicine, University of California,
San Diego, La Jolla 92093-0622.
Accidental exposure to the blood of
hepatitis B patients produced less fear than does accidental
exposure today to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), even
though both have an approximately equal overall risk of death
(approximately 1%). Subjects responding to hypothetical
insect-exposure and disease-exposure scenarios chose to avoid
the HIV-type risk of 1% chance of exposure/100% chance of
death. Fear of certain death seems to account for the greater
concern about exposure to HIV than to Hepatitis B.
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