Originally Posted by Melissa Villaseņor
How about good samaritans that are trying to help someone out and they don't know they have HIV/AIDS? Like a cop/firefighter/paramedic who does not know someone has this disease and gets infected because they were acting out of heroics and did not put gloves on?
You're way more likely to get Hep B or C from that than HIV. Besides, I will walk right on by if I need to. I will always, no hesitation, provide any and all life saving techniques to a child, but adults.....it depends. I carry gloves in my car just in case and most anyplace you go will have a first aid kit with gloves provided. If they die before I get my gloves, they were due to die anyway. Yeah, that's a little cold and yeah, I'll get some grief for it. But really, it's my right as a medical professional when I am off duty. I will have a family member or the person bleeding put pressure on a wound if necessary or tie a tourniquet above the site without getting gross amounts of blood on my skin.