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muccus membrane in mouth
Feb 18, 2011

Hi Dr. if the continious intek of materials like tobako,eadible lime( Calcium Hydroxide, Hydrated lime) or any material can affect on muccus membrane in mouth? due to which the risk of hiv transmmition through muccus membrane in mouth is increases? Beacouse i use the tobaco for cheawing such as the tobaco and lime mixed together and it placed insidethe lips for one or two hour due to lime and tobaco the region inside the lips beacome red and some irritation on that region. some skin is also removed from that region can hiv virus is transmmited from that region?

Response from Dr. McGowan

Anything that can cause a break in the mucous membranes or inflammation could increase the risk of HIV transmssion. The risk of transmission of HIV on mucous membranes is very small to begin with.

There are many other poor health risks from chewing tobacco..including dental cavities, gum disease, mouth cancer among others. It would be advisable to stop...not for risk of HIV but for these more real risks.

Best, Joe



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