Apr 21, 2012
I am taking care of an HIV exposed infant. I am not HIV positive. I was just wondering how careful I need to be around the dried blood from his unbilical cord. Should I be wearing gloves as I do laundry? as it has come in contact with the dried blood? Thanks
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi Thanks for taking care of him. Once HIV leaves the body it dies. Dried blood does not carry a risk of HIV transmission. There has to be a direct exchange of body fluid. No worries about doing his laundry and wearing gloves. You will be fine and thank you for giving him the love he deserves and treating him as you would any other baby.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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