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Theoretical Trauma?

Jun 24, 2002

I called the CDC hotline and they told me that there was a theoretical risk for transmittion through kissing if one partner has a canker sore and the other has a trauma to the mouth. This formed 2 questions in my mind after I hung up. 1. what is a theoretical risk?

2. what is a trauma in the mouth?

thanks for your time, man.

Response from Mr. Kull

Theoretical means transmission could happen. This has no relevance to the likelihood of transmission. Kissing poses a negligible risk for transmission.

Trauma means injury. In reference to HIV transmission risk, trauma is relevant when the injury causes bleeding.


Anonymous idiot DESPERATELY needs help.
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