|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!
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