local hiv infection
Aug 15, 2004
my ID doc told me about a woman with local hiv infection of her vaginal tissue. is it possible that, similarly, hiv could infect the tonsils from receptive oral sex?
Response from Dr. Frascino
Before you start extrapolating information, you need to be certain the information is true to begin with. In this case, your premise is incorrect. There is no such thing as "local HIV infection." You must have misunderstood what your doctor was saying.
Just to be clear about this, HIV infects the entire person; however, it can replicate only in certain cells or tissues. In an HIV positive person, tears, sweat and urine, for instance, do not contain HIV; however, blood, semen and vaginal secretions do.
Tonsils are lymph glands. Lymph glands do support active HIV replication in HIV-positive individuals.
Hope that helps clear up any myths or misunderstandings about "local HIV."
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