|hiv or aids
Jun 22, 2000
hi, I just found out my best friend has hiv, she hasn't told me yet. I found out on some papers she left in my car. what kind of precautions should I take to not contract this and I'm not going to treat her any different but I have a family and need to know.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Simple precautions such as not sharing razors, toothbrushes, or needles is the first lesson. Casual contact (touching, light kissing) is essentially 100% safe in the absence of gross blood, urine, stool contamination (Very usual to have those) so basic cleanliness, hand washing, cleaning clothes/dishes with soap/warm/hot water is the next lesson. Learning more about HIV/AIDS (see the body section on basic background about HIV/AIDS) is another lesson. Learning how to be supportive to your friend will also be a valuable step to take. Keith Henry, M.D.
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