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Hiv tooth abscess

Dec 3, 2017

Hi im undetectable hiv positive patient and i have learned that i have a tooth abscess one of my molar tooth and also that abcess had found a way to open in my mouth and had a fistule I concern that what if that fistulas pus have more hiv virus than blood because of the white blood cells and it contaminate with my saliva and made my salive have detectable hiv viral load

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Although we don't have good information to definitively answer your good question, it is unlikely that the pus would have an increased HIV viral load because, the type of white blood cell in pus (neutrophils) don't contain HIV, and the number of CD4 cells in pus is going to be about the same as what is in blood.

CD4 count is 23 cells/ml
How worried should we be?

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