Opportunistic Infections and Your Pets
I Have a Job That Involves Working with Animals. Should I Quit?
- Follow your worksite's
rules to stay safe and reduce any risk of infection. Use or wear personal
protective gear, such as coveralls, boots, and gloves.
- Don't clean chicken
coops or dig in areas where birds roost if histoplasmosis (his-to-plaz-MO-sis)
is found in the area.
- Don't touch young farm
animals, especially if they have diarrhea.
Can Someone with HIV Give It to Their Pets?
No. HIV can not be spread to, from, or by cats, dogs, birds, or other
pets. Many viruses cause diseases that are like AIDS, such as feline leukemia
virus, or FeLV, in cats. These viruses cause illness only in a certain animal
and cannot infect other animals or humans. For example, FeLV infects only cats.
It does not infect humans or dogs.
Are There Any Tests a Pet Should Have Before I Bring It Home?
A pet should be in overall good health. You don't need special tests unless
the animal has diarrhea or looks sick. If your pet looks sick, your
veterinarian can help you choose the tests it needs.
What Should I Do When I Visit Friends or Relatives Who Have Animals?
you visit anyone with pets, take the same precautions you would in your own
home. Don't touch animals that may not be healthy. You may want to tell your
friends and family about the need for these precautions before you plan any
Should Children with HIV Handle Pets?
The same precautions apply for children as for adults. However, children may
want to snuggle more with their pets. Some pets, like cats, may bite or scratch
to get away from children. Adults should be extra watchful and supervise an
HIV-infected child's handwashing to prevent infections.
For More Information
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CDC National AIDS Hotline
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CDC National Prevention Information Network
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Rockville, MD 20849-6003
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