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!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Question about body fluids
Mar 12, 2003

I work in a Psychiatric Unit, and often work with patients who are HIV+. I have two questions.

I was working with a patient with HIV Dementia, and was attempting to put him back to bed. When I grabbed a hold of his sheets to cover him, I noticed that his sheets were soaked in urine...and I had a fresh cut on my finger. What are the chances of acquiring HIV in this manner.

My second question has to do with saliva. What is the likelihood of HIV being transmitted when a patient accidentally spits while talking, and it lands in your eye?

These may sound like stupid questions...but any information that you could offer me would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Response from Ms. Breuer

Please run, do not walk, to the transmission information section of this website. Neither urine or saliva is a fluid that transmits HIV, but given where you work, you really need to know a lot more about what fluids DO transmit HIV and how. Please educate yourself NOW before you make a serious mistake at work.

Dropping CD4 Count Rapidly

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



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 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