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Bodily Fluids and Vomit. How infectious are they!?

Jun 2, 2012

Hello Doctor,

I'm hoping to put some questions to rest forever. So if you'll help me out that would be muchly appreciated!

1) Vomit; infectious or not? Everything I've read says that unless it contains visible blood it is not. True or false?

2) Vomit always contains stomach acid which kills hiv?

3) Viral Load. Does this determine how infectious vomit could be? Since information states vomit is not infectious unless it contains visible blood and since stomach acid is highly inhospitable to hiv would this become a factor if the vomit was tinged with visible blood?

Thank you for your time Dr. Wohl

Response from Dr. Wohl

Ok, enough with the vomit questions, please. It is just plain gross. And not infectious.


Is further testing needed?
hiv test after 13 months

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