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Kissing and Hep C study - wrong or right?
Jan 6, 2004

Dr. Dieterich,

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?

Brandi

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



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