|new saliva test?
Nov 6, 2005
For years we've heard that HIV cannot be transmitted by saliva. If that's so, then why is there a new home test that may be approved and you take a swab from your mouth of saliva?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Actually "saliva test" is somewhat of a misnomer. This test removes particles from the inside of your cheek, not from your spit. The test detects anti-HIV antibodies, which are proteins that your body's immune system creates in response to HIV. It does not measure the actual HIV virus itself. Antibodies are non-infectious. OK?
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