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totally scared
Aug 12, 2013

Please am confused,in directed link i found in this site,which is''HIV INSITE'" they said hiv is in saliva. Mean while they said hiv can't survive in saliva and kissing isn't a risk for hiv. Please put me through on this issue. Thanks

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi HIV is present in saliva, but it takes about 3 gallons before there is a measurable amount. Because of this is why we know that transmission cannot happen through kissing and why oral sex carries the lowest risk of HIV transmission. The mouth also is not a hospitable environment for HIV and its survival. HIV transmission also needs to have a prolonged direct exchange of body fluid which is why vaginal or anal sex, sharing needles and mother to child through breast milk carry the highest risk.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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