latex gloves/HIV/'powder'

hoan phan seq6 at
Wed Dec 14 18:12:23 EST 1994

In article <1994Dec10.140803.3428 at>,
exb0431 at wrote:

> Help required!
> Recent arrival to our laboratory from Collindale UK and also 
> another position tells me that the use of LATEX gloves for procedures
> with HIV is a no-no as the virus can 'pass through' the latex. This
> is contrary to what I believed - so anyone prepared to comment??
> Also the issue of the powder used in the gloves as interfering with
> SEROLOGICAL ASSAYS was raised. Again I've not heard of this. Only the
> interference caused in PCR reactions from the 'powder'?? Comments
> most welcome?????

If this were true, latex condom would be ban. This is not happening yet.

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