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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