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Children, Cuts, and Saliva

Jul 21, 2006

I know that this may sound stupid. I have read how HIV/AIDS is transmitted. My good friend has full-blown AIDS and we invite him over all the time. I also have two very small children who really enjoy his company. It gives me chills to see him kissing them all over their face and giving them rasberries on their stomachs. We have cats who will scratch my kids and leave open cuts in their skin. Is it possible to transmitt HIV through saliva and open cuts? Should I be worried? I don't want to hurt his feelings because I feel like they are irrational, but I still can't overcome them. Please help!?

Response from Dr. Frascino


HIV is not transmitted by saliva with or without cat scratches.

HIV is not transmitted by casual contact.

I, too, am HIV positive and I give my nieces, nephews and godchild kisses and raspberries every chance I get.

Should you be worried? No, absolutely not! Your fears are completely unwarranted.

Dr. Bob

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