|Kissing and Hep C study - wrong or right?
Jan 6, 2004
I just recently read something in Elle magazine's Feb. 2004 issue that stated a study had been done that said you can get Hep C from kissing because virus had been detected in the saliva of 50 of infected individuals. What is your take on this?
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
I think that Elle is not one of the worlds most pretigious medical journals! The HCV in saliva needs to get into your blood stream because unlike with HIV there are no mucosal receptors for HCV. Kissing is not a real rational risk unless both partners have actively bleeding gums, which does not sound like an exciting prospect to me! Keep kissing and hugging! DTD
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.