You Can Prevent Cryptosporidiosis
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How Can I Protect Myself from Crypto?
You can reduce your risk of getting crypto.
The more steps you take, the less likely you are to get crypto. These actions
will also help protect you against other diseases.
1. Wash your hands.Washing your hands often with soap and water is probably the single
most important step you can take to prevent crypto and other illnesses.Always
wash your hands before eating and preparing food. Wash your hands well after
touching children in diapers; after touching clothing, bedding, toilets, or bed
pans soiled by someone who has diarrhea; after gardening; any time you touch
pets or other animals; and after touching anything that might have had contact
with even the smallest amounts of human or animal stool, including dirt in your
garden and other places. Even if you wear gloves when you do these activities
you should still wash your hands well when you finish. Children should be
supervised by adults to make sure they wash their hands well.
safer sex. Infected people may have crypto on their skin in the anal and
genital areas, including the thighs and buttocks. However, since you cannot
tell if someone has crypto, you may want to take these precautions with any sex
partner: Rimming (kissing or licking the anus) is so likely to spread infection
that you should avoid it, even if you and your partner wash well before. Always
wash your hands well after touching your partner's anus or rectal
touching farm animals. If you touch a farm animal, particularly a calf,
lamb, or other young animal, or visit a farm where animals are raised, wash
your hands well with soap and water before preparing food or putting anything
in your mouth. Do not touch the stool of any animal. After you visit a farm or
other area with animals, have someone who is not HIV infected clean your shoes,
or if you clean them yourself, wear disposable gloves. Wash your hands after
taking off the gloves.
touching the stool of pets. Most pets are safe to own. However,someone who
is not HIV infected should clean their litter boxes or cages, and dispose of
the waste. If you must clean up after a pet, use disposable gloves. Wash your
hands afterwards. The risk of getting crypto is greatest from pets that are
less than 6 months old, animals that have diarrhea, and stray animals. Older
animals can also have crypto, but they are less likely to have it than younger
animals. If you get a puppy or kitten that is less than 6 months old, have the
animal tested for crypto before bringing it home. If any pet gets diarrhea have
it tested for crypto.