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A cut and contact with a strippers sweat and saliva

Mar 29, 2005

Dear Dr. Frascino,

I recently went to a strip club and I had a small cut on my hand. This cut got in contact with a stripper's sweat also her saliva. (The stripper sucked on my fingers) I got the cut about 30 minutes before the contact, and it was not bleeding, but it did sting to the touch of water when washing my hands a few minutes after the contact. Could I have contracted HIV or aids from this encounter? Thanks a lot for your help.

Sincerely, Worried in NC

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Worried in NC,

No, you cannot contract HIV from sweat or saliva. This has been a well known scientific fact for many years; however, recently federally funded abstinence-only sex education programs have tried to "alter" the facts. In December, Rep. Henry Waxman issued a report finding scientifically false and misleading information about sex, pregnancy and STDs in government-sponsored abstinence-only sex education curricula, including the claim that tears and saliva can transmit HIV. However, even the Fed's Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site ( states that contact with saliva, tears or sweat has never been shown to result in HIV transmission. I'm sure the Bush's faith-based Preventionistas get really pissed when science trumps their science fiction.

Stay well.

Dr. Bob

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