1 doctor weighed in:

How do health care professionals deal with patients that have aids or hiv? Do they have to wear thicker gloves?

1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine

In brief: Same as for non HIV

Patients with aids or hiv+ are treated the same by doctors as any other patient.
We use universal precautions with all patients, so all blood is considered "possibly infected", whether its a newborn or a patient in a nursing home. For normal patient visits there is no need to wear gloves because you cannot "catch" HIV unless it gets in your bloodstream, which doesn't happen in an office setting.

In brief: Same as for non HIV

Patients with aids or hiv+ are treated the same by doctors as any other patient.
We use universal precautions with all patients, so all blood is considered "possibly infected", whether its a newborn or a patient in a nursing home. For normal patient visits there is no need to wear gloves because you cannot "catch" HIV unless it gets in your bloodstream, which doesn't happen in an office setting.
Dr. James Okamoto
Dr. James Okamoto
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
382K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors