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blood in mouthwash

Jan 19, 2007 say the hiv virus cannot last long outside the body, but only if it's "dries". I'll ask a quick question because this scenario actually happened. My brother's friend ( hiv positive ) had bleeding gums and took a swige of my brother's Listerine. If by any chance some blood "backwashed" into the bottle, what type of risk of hiv does that pose if my brother uses it?

Thank You very much..he is nervous because he already used it some time after.

Response from Dr. Frascino


A "swige???"

Relax, bro. Listerine is so vile I'm quite confident HIV would not survive. Have you tried to gargle with that stuff for a full 30 seconds? Yuk. It could probably even kill Ebola virus!

Stay well.

Dr. Bob

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