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Forum Name: AIDS

Question: Can an HIV infected infant, infect our child?

 TGR - Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:29 pm

Dear Doctor,

Our Son just started day care and he is teething, therefore, as you know, he will put everything he lays his little hands on to his mouth.
I (his mother) have started to get paranoid that because i am not there to see and stop him and make sure he puts only his own stuff in his mouth, that he will be putting other things there in his mouth that other infants there have put into theirs and he will catch HIV or AIDS or some other disease through the bodily fluids that have been transmitted from their mouth to his mouth.

Disgusting thought i know, but as you know, infants don't realise these things and that's why it is up to us, their parents or guardians to protect them from themselves.

Paranoid and loving mother
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:53 pm

User avatar Hello,
You will probably feel better about the potential for transfer of infections if you talk to your childcare provider to see what measures they take to protect the children from diseases.

Also, HIV is not easily transferred through saliva. It almost always requires deep body fluid exchange, as with blood or sexual contact.

Other infections are much more prevalent in the day care setting and regular cleaning of toys with a bleach solution helps keep this concern at a minimum, along with good handwashing techniques and separation of diaper changing areas from other areas of the center.

Best wishes.

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