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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > HIV: Tips for Caregivers to Avoid Infection
HIV is present in the blood, semen, and vaginal fluids of a person who is infected with HIV and is usually spread by:
You cannot get HIV through everyday contact with air, food, water, insects, animals, dishes, or toilet seats.
The following preventive steps can eliminate your risk of getting HIV from someone you are caring for.
If you are a caregiver for a person who is infected with HIV:
A person who is infected with HIV can sometimes have other infections that may be contagious. The following steps can prevent the spread of other infections.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005). Updated U.S. Public Health Services guidelines for the management of occupational exposures to HIV and recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis. MMWR, 50(RR-09): 1–17. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5409a1.htm.
Current as ofJune 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicinePeter Shalit MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
Current as of:
June 9, 2019
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Peter Shalit MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
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