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A 28-year-old female asked:

If someone with hiv had a small cut on their hand that was slightly bleeding and they changed a baby's diaper, could baby be at risk of getting hiv?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
If baby ok....: So if the baby's skin is intact, meaning no diaper rash, irritation, minor cuts or sores, then the baby is not going to be infected. Intact skin is excellent protection. However, if there is open skin, raw areas, cuts, etc, the potential exists, albeit a small risk. Face it, you can get HIV from a needle poke - that's a tiny exposure. If in doubt, someone else can change the diaper!

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Last updated Sep 10, 2016

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