Does Bathing A Corpse Of HIV / AIDS At Risk Of Contracting HIV / AIDS?

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Hello. I want to ask, I was able to do a good activity. I bathed the corpse of HIV / AIDS who had died 7 days. The body was deposited in the hospital for a week waiting for the good day to be bathed. The question is I don’t wear gloves when I touch the corpse and I also don’t realize that my finger nails are injured … do I risk getting HIV / aids ?? please enlighten me …

1 Answer:

Hello Galang, Thank you for the question.


Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the human immune system so the body cannot fight infections or other diseases. HIV can be transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, ejaculatory and pre-ejaculatory fluids, vaginal mucus, rectal mucus, and milk. The body fluids must be in contact with the mucous wall of the organ, damaged tissue (such as a wound), or directly into a blood vessel (such as a blood transfusion). The mucus wall of the organ in question is the wall that produces mucus / mucus that lines the vaginal wall, rectum, urethra (on the penis), and oral cavity.


Research shows that this virus still lives in the bodies of people with HIV who have died. If the body is not stored in the refrigerator, the virus can last for 24-36 hours after death, whereas if stored in the refrigerator can last up to 6 days. However, in general, this virus cannot survive long. Body changes that occur gradually in the bodies of people with HIV cause this virus can not survive. Thus, if you come into contact with a corpse that has long died, the risk of transmission is generally lower. In addition, if you do not come into contact with the bodily fluids mentioned above, the possibility of contracting is also lower. However, if you are tasked with bathing the body, you are still advised to use personal protective equipment such as aprons, glasses, and gloves.


If you are still concerned about this risk of HIV transmission, you can consult the VCT (voluntary counseling and testing) service at the hospital for further HIV testing.


I hope this helps.

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