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the mouth- NEW question, I swear

Jun 5, 2007


This is not in the archives. I checked.

Does the mouth lining have to be damaged /bleeding for HIV to enter the body or can the intact mouth being a mucos membrane 'absorb' the virus in 2-3 drops of pre-semen?

Also, is the tongue a mucous membrane or not?


Kurt in Palo Alto

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi, Kurt in Palo Alto,

HIV can be absorbed directly across intact mucous membranes. Damage and bleeding are not necessary!

The tongue does have a mucous membrane.

I'm sitting in a Peet's coffee shop in Palo Alto as I type this! How's that for coincidence? You should have just come over and asked your question in person over a nice nonfat, one Splenda cappuccino!

Stay well, Kurt!

Dr. Bob

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