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latex gloves/HIV/'powder'

Hazen at avpims01.ncifcrf.gov Hazen at avpims01.ncifcrf.gov
Wed Dec 14 18:18:40 EST 1994

We have used latex gloves in for HIV large volume prodution for years and have 
not had leakage problems.  There are also several tests that have shown 
most brands to not allow HIV to pass through.  We have refused gloves due to 
the poor quality.  If the gloves break when donning them, thrown the whole box 
in the trash and find another supplier.  The gloves were probably on the shelf 
too long.  I usually double-glove with my bottom layer non-powdered to prevent 
talc-related dermatitis.  The top layer is powdered and has never caused 
interference with our assays.  I hope this allows you to sleep again.

> 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?????

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