Our expert says:
Whoah !! - lets have a look at some facts:
You do not get HIV from an HIV-infected person by playing sports, working together, shaking hands, hugging, closed-mouth kissing, breathing the same air, sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils or towels, using the same wash water or toilet, swimming in the same pool, or coming in contact with their sneezes, coughs, tears or sweat. You also don't get HIV from bug bites or by donating blood.
HIV transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding is called perinatal transmission and is a small risk. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/perinatl.htm
HIV infected patients can suffer from other concomitant infections if the CD4 count drops too low:
Diarrhoea is common amongst people with HIV. It can be caused by some anti-HIV drugs, medicines used to treat some infections, and in people with a low CD4 count diarrhoea may be caused by some opportunistic infections.
TB is the leading cause of death among HIV infected people; the WHO estimates that TB accounts for up to a third of AIDS deaths worldwide.1 When someone is infected with TB, the likelihood of them becoming sick with the disease is increased many times if they are also HIV positive. http://www.avert.org/tuberc.htm
PCP is a kind of pneumonia caused by Pneumocystis carinii (P. carinii). Most people infected with P.carinii don't get pneumonia because their immune systems are healthy and strong. People whose immune systems are weak because of HIV infection can get PCP. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/sexinfections/hiv/475.html
Someone who has a HIV neg baby and is HIV positive does not have to sterilize anything unless you know that you have a secondary other infection that may be transmittable and then you should take suitable precautions.
You don't HAVE to use bleach/Jik - The fact is that bleach kills HIV viruses and IF it will give peace of mind to the writer can be used. IS NOT COMPULSORY!
I know that some people is worried about blood getting into food - the chances of this causing HIV infection is around zero - but again, if the writer is worried about this, rather change the job description than losing the worker!
There are many very useful articles about HIV on the internet - just google HIV if you are unsure about the facts. Unfortunately there are still many misconceptions and fears about HIV in the general public. Not all people are sensitive to the rights of workers, which is why I mentioned the fact.
In future, if you are more knowledgable about a disease condition than me, please share your knowledge with the person asking the question, in a nice way? In this way all of us can learn more.
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