I am a 3rd year doing my surgery rotation and I am surprised at how often surgeons are stuck by sharps during procedures. They usually just ignore it. In fact, I have never seen one go to the ER and go through with the needlestick protocol. Why aren't surgeons more concerned about contracting a bloodborne disease? I know that HIV is rarely contracted by needlesticks, but Hep C is a major threat. Has anyone ever looked at what percentage of surgeons are hep C positive? I am considering surgery, but I do not want to end up with cirrosis, hepatocellular CA or a liver transplant when I am ready to retire.