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Standard Infection Control Precautions

Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICPs) are all that you need to protect you and your patients from infections, including HIV. There are 10 SICPs which apply to all staff, in all care settings, at all times for all patients, whether infection is known to be present or not.

The SICPs are designed to protect everyone, there is no reason to treat people living with HIV differently to anyone else.

SICPs includes the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as disposable plastic aprons and gloves for taking blood; the management of blood and body fluid spillages and occupational exposure management

Following the SICPs means that all patients are treated the same and there is no requirement for double gloving or placing HIV +ve patients last on a list if they are undergoing any kind of procedure.

For further information on SICPs visit our Infection Prevention and Control page.