Sep 19, 2002
Dear Ms. Breuer,
How long does HIV survive after the host has died? What are the risks that go along with dealing with the deceased?
| Response from Ms. Breuer
As far as I know, this question has not been the subject of a formal study. The best guidance I know of is to treat body fluids as potentially infectious whether the host is alive or deceased. If you are a funeral home employee or coroner's office employee, please check the guidelines for your profession. I assume they recommend universal precautions.
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