What precautions should be taken by an HIV positive person when living in a family?
Q: Should an HIV positive person living in a family wash his spoons/bowls with detergent after eating, as the spoon and bowl are sure to touch the saliva of the patient? If the infected person breaks wind (passes gas from bottom), will it contain virus? Should his clothes like undergarments, bed sheet and trousers be washed with detergent everyday? If anyone in the family touches such clothes, can he they get infected? If the HIV positive patient has a wet rash in the arm pit, then the shirt is bound to be exposed to the discharge? Can this discharge transmit virus? How to avoid and minimise such risks?
A:There is no reason to avoid mixing of utensils and there is generally no risk from clothes once they are dry even if contaminated. A HIV positive person living in a family is quite safe for the family and no special precautions need to be taken, normal hygiene is adequate.