Surgical gloves as a mechanical barrier against human immunodeficiency viruses

Br J Surg. 1988 Feb;75(2):171-2. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800750229.


A wide variety of surgical gloves are presently available. Seven different types of gloves were investigated for the ability to prevent transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the causative agent of AIDS. Six types of gloves withstood severe compression tests and also exhibited direct antiviral properties. No penetration of HIV through the intact glove was detected.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / transmission
  • Gloves, Surgical* / standards
  • HIV
  • Humans
  • Latex
  • Time Factors


  • Latex