The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
For World AIDS Day, read about stigma, criminalization and more >>
Ask the Experts About

Hepatitis and HIV CoinfectionHepatitis and HIV Coinfection
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

bites and hbv transmission
Aug 19, 2007

Are bites an efficient means of transmission of hbv because they are deep puncture wounds into the blood stream? Is that why you say that saliva per se, even if it comes into contact with abraded skin (but not openly bleeding) does not pose a big risk?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Even bites are not an efficient means of transmission since there are few documented cases in the literature. However, yes - a puncture wound would certainly be necessary to increase the risk of transmission.

Please please please clarify so i can sleep

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary



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 nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint