|Please help wondering CNA resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum
Jan 14, 2008
Hi. I am a CNA with a nursing home in my town, and I've found out that I have performed care on a resident with HIV/AIDS. My question is... Can HIV/AIDS be transferred by urine, or a bowel movement? And what if the one who has HIV/AIDS has a rash, HIV/AIDS can be transferred by mucuous membranes, am I at risk? What about cleaning urinals? What all ways can you get the infection in my line of work? Please help. Thanks
| Response from Dr. Frascino
1. Can HIV be transmitted by urine or feces? No, not unless they contain visible blood.
2. Are you at risk if the HIV-positive patient you cared for had a rash? No.
3. HIV can permeate mucous membranes. This is true. Consequently you should avoid getting HIV-infected bodily fluids on your mucous membranes.
4. "What about cleaning urinals?" Well, what about it? I'm sure it's not the most pleasant of your tasks as a CNA, but as indicated above, urine cannot transmit HIV, unless it contains visible blood.
5. As for ways you might contract HIV occupationally as a health care worker, I would suggest you review the information at the following Web site: http://img.thebody.com/cdc/pdfs/pep_guide.pdf. I would also remind you that basic universal precautions must be followed when caring for any patient. You should review the universal precautions guidelines, policy and procedures at your agency.
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