|Hand Washing and Infection
May 27, 2009
Thanks very much for the good work you are doing on this planet.Now to my question,my wife of 5 years is hiv positive and i am negative.We found out of her status january this year.All the test I have done so far are negative.Since my wife was diagnosed, I have been using condom during sex.Questions:1 After using the condoms is not risky if I touch the condom if i have known or unknown cut on my fingers/hands? 2. After disposing the condom,when I am washing my hands with soap and water is there not a risk of exposing any cut on my fingers/hands to hiv infection? 3.After you have disposed a used condom Can somebody be infected through hand washing(if you have any cut on your fingers/hands)?
4. Do all hand wash and soaps kill hiv virus? 5. Can hand washing spread hiv virus to other parts of your fingers/hand with cut? 6. My wife is pregnant and is on antiretroviral drugs. She is undetected, should she continue using the drugs after the baby is born?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
1. The HIV-acquisition risk from removing a condom is so remote it's essentially nonexistent. If you're worried, use a tissue.
4. HIV does not live long outside the body. Hand washing is always a good idea.
6. Yes, I would suggest she continue.
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