Can AIDS Be Transmitted by Biosolids? WEF/U.S. EPA Biosolids Fact Sheet

  • Source:
  • WEF. 2000. Alexandria, VA. Water Environment Federation

  • Summary:
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the disease that results from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. For AIDS to occur, HIV must be transmitted to and infect a person. The possibility of HIV entering municipal sewer systems has prompted inquiries as to whether HIV may be transmitted through contact with wastewater or biosolids. Research has refuted links between contact with wastewater and biosolids and HIV transmission. Additionally, researchers have concluded laboratory reconstruction studies and studies of others suggest there is likely to be minimal or no HIV-related environmental hazard to waste treatment personnel.

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  • Evidence Base Sanitation/Feces Disposal
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