Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Workplace and Insurance IssuesWorkplace and Insurance Issues
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


Meal Assistant in Nursing Home
May 6, 1997

Can you contract AIDS through picking up an HIV-positive resident's drinking cup that has saliva on the side of it??

Response from Ms. Breuer

There are only four body fluids you could contact from a patient that could potentially be infectious (cause HIV transmission): blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. There are no cases of HIV infection from saliva. One of those four infectious fluids must have immediate contact with an open cut or a mucous membrane (in other words, a way into your bloodstream) to put you at risk of infection.

Because you are providing personal care for people, please always use latex gloves when you are handling blood, semen or vaginal fluids, or anything that has these fluids on it. But you do not need to worry about a drinking cup or any other object or surface with saliva on it.

- Nancy Breuer



Previous
HIV are forbidden in certain areas?
Next
Finding a new doc in new HMO

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement