|Cough right in my face
Nov 13, 2008
Hi, Dr. Frascino. First of all...I think it is GREAT that you take all these questions and get back to people like us. I just recently had a person cough RIGHT in my face without warning. I was very close to her at the time...enough to "feel the breeze" in my eyes when she coughed. If she was HIV positive could it have been transmitted at this time? What if she had blood mixed in with her saliva? I mean nothing was visible to me...on my face etc that there was blood, but still I am concerned. I don't even recall my face feeling "wet" but just with the close range I am concerned. For HIV to be transmitted through the eyes does there have to be a decent amount of blood introduced?
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Your HIV-acquisition risk from being coughed on and "feeling the breeze" is exactly zero! Yep, that's right: zero, zip, nada, nothing, bupkis!
Now stop worrying and go wash all the snot, boogers and goobers off your forehead. It's a bad fashion statement.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.