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shannon please help
Sep 1, 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 Yes HIV can be present in saliva, but it takes about 3 gallons of saliva before it is measurable. Saliva doesn't present an environment good for HIV to survive because it needs to find CD4 cells to infect and they are not present in saliva. If HIV does not find a CD4 to infect it has a life span of 2 days, it will die. Oral sex carries the lowest risk of HIV infection as well as kissing.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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