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Child's interaction with HIV+ person

Aug 11, 2013

I'm a mother of 5 month baby. My mother-in-law is HIV+. She is interacting with my child as other normal persons. I worry a lot regarding this unhygienic exposure of my baby to her. How do I protect my baby from her?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for writing. There is no risk of HIV infection in normal household interactions. HIV is NOT spread through touch, tears, sweat or saliva. You cannot catch HIV by breathing the same air as someone who is HIV-positive; touching a toilet seat or doorknob handle; hugging, kissing, or shaking hands with someone who is HIV-positive; or sharing utensils.

The more nurturing and loving adults around your baby, the better.

Take care,


low MCHC/high RDW indications of HIV
Overly concerned about occupational exposure

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