Dec 28, 2000
I witnessed a fight and during that time blood from on of the people landed on my hand. About 15 minutes later I happened to lick my fingers and got some of this blood in my mouth. The tempeture out side at the time was about 30-35 and like I said the blood had dried. Could I get infected if the person was hiv positive. I don't know if the person is. He was a spectator at a football game.
| Response from Mr. Kull
It is possible to get infected by getting HIV positive blood in your mouth, but given the circumstances, it seems rather unlikely that you would have been infected. It doesn't seem that people in the general public get infected this way. HIV also doesn't survive long outside of a host (see the response to How long does HIV survive outside the body?). Remember that so many factors need to be met for infection to occur, and it is unlikely that all would be met in this situation.
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