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visible body flued
Feb 18, 2011

Hi Dr. can hiv virus only present in visible body flued. i.e if the flued such as blood (infected blood) is seen by naked eye the hiv virus is present on that blood unless not? is that true?

Response from Dr. McGowan

Blood may be infectious even if the amount is small. Generally what we say is that certain fluids, such as vomitus or salvia would not be considered infectious unless it contained visible blood. That would indicate that there was sufficient blood to put a person at risk if HIV infection were present. A small amount of blood can present a risk if it is injected...that will bypass the protection from intact skin and the mucous membranes.

Joe



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