This document has been updated in accordance with the
CDC Recommendations for the Amount of Time Persons with Influenza-Like Illness
Should be Away from Others. This document provides interim guidance and
will be updated as needed.
Are people with HIV/AIDS at greater risk than other people of infection
with novel H1N1 flu?
At the present time, we have no information about the risk of the novel H1N1
flu in people with HIV/AIDS. In the past, people with HIV/AIDS have not
Often, especially during cold and flu (influenza) season, can reduce your risk of catching or
spreading a cold or the flu.
Before and after preparing or serving
food reduces your risk of catching or spreading bacteria that cause food
poisoning. Be especially careful to wash before and after preparing poultry,
raw eggs, meat, or seafood.
After going to the bathroom or changing
diapers reduces your risk of catching or spreading infectious diseases such assalmonellaorhepatitis A.
Wash your hands after:
Touching parts of your body that are not clean.
Coughing, sneezing, or using a handkerchief or disposable
Eating, drinking, or using tobacco (for example,
Handling soiled kitchen utensils or
Handling other soiled or contaminated utensils or
Handling or preparing foods, especially after touching
raw meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, or eggs.
handling garbage, using the phone, shaking hands, or playing with pets.
The U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention recommend the following steps for hand-washing:
Wash your hands with running water and
Rub your hands
together for at least 20 seconds.
Pay special attention to your
wrists, the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your
Leave the water running while you dry your hands on a
Use the paper towel as a barrier between the faucet
and your clean hands when you turn off the water.
If soap and water are not available, usegel hand sanitizersor alcohol-based hand wipes
containing 60% to 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol. Most supermarkets and
drugstores carry these products. Carry one or both with you when you travel,
and keep them in your car or purse.
If using the gel sanitizer,
rub your hands until the gel is dry. You don't need to use water. The alcohol
in the gel kills the germs on your hands.
Primary Medical Reviewer
David Messenger, MD
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
February 25, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 25, 2010
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