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Can HIV Be Transmitted Through Touching Tears

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AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...coughing or sneezing, sharing household items, or swimming in the same pool as someone with HIV. Some people talk about "shared body fluids" being risky for HIV, but no documented cases of HIV have been caused by sweat, saliva or tears. However, even small amounts of blood in your mouth might transmit HIV during kissing or oral sex. Blood can come from flossing your teeth, or from sores caused by gum disease, or by eating very hot or sharp,...
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Scary eye exam

Hi I was wondering if you can contract Hiv or hepatitis from an eye exam. The reason for my question is the person before me who was very rough! Before I could notice I had touched something wet with my eye! Not sure if what it was (drops, tears...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Hepatitis viruses are only transmitted from blood to blood exposure. Read more »

Paper Cut (TEARS)

I was recently working with a child who is HIV positive. The child had to receive vaccinations and was crying. As i consoled her, i wiped tears from her face, forgetting that I had a rather deep paper cut on my finger from the day before. Can HIV be...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Can tears transmit HIV? Ahhhh . . . another QTND (Question That Never Dies). No, HIV cannot be transmitted by tears, saliva, sputum, sweat, Read more »

Coffee with AIDS and Milk (HIV IN NASAL MUCOUS)

Can I get AIDS this way? I was at Starbucks and ordered a cup of coffee. After I drank it, I remembered seeing the cashier who poured it wipe her nose with her hand. She may have just been itching it, but if she wasn't and she had mucous on her hand...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...and not on HAART be at risk? Thank you! Response from Dr. Frascino Hello, Nasal secretions similar to saliva, sputum, sweat, tears, urine, vomitus and feces are not implicated in the transmission of HIV, unless they contain visible blood. Out of... Read more »

Nurse said saliva can transmit HIV now im freaking out...

Hi Dr Bob!Im really hopeing you can answer my question so i can go on living my normal life...I went and got an HIV test at my 3 month period...While waiting i asked the nurse if HIV+ Saliva were to come in contact with an open gash or wound on my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...body fluids a risk" doesn't mean it's true. (See below.) In brief, not only saliva, but also nasal secretions, sputum, sweat, tears, urine and vomitus (all bodily fluids) are not implicated in the transmission of HIV, unless they contain visible... Read more »
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AIDS InfoNet

Condoms

...Don't use outdated condoms. Don't open a condom package with your teeth. Be careful that your fingernails or jewelry don't tear the condom. Body jewelry in or around your penis or vagina might also tear a condom. Use a new condom every time you... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Safer Sex Guidelines

...without protection is very unsafe. Sexual fluids enter the body, and wherever a man's penis is inserted, it can cause small tears that make HIV infection more likely. The receptive partner is more likely to be infected, although HIV might be able... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

How HIV Is Spread

...Contact/Sharing Food or Dishes Donating Blood Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs Pets/Animals Contact With Saliva, Tears, Sweat, Feces or Urine HIV Survival Outside of the Body Is Someone Who Takes HIV... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

... Table of Contents A Look at the Numbers Is HIV Different for Men and Women? Treatment in HIV+ Women: Efficacy, Side Effects, and Drug Interactions Gynecological Issues Read more »
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scared what if driving me nuts...

Posted by sadman, 3 Replies
...can't stop thinking what if...Please help. Here are my three what ifs: During sex I didn't cum so I removed the condom and she touched me until I came. However, during intercourse the condom rolled up slightly for a second maybe an inch from... Read more »

Please Advice

Posted by Me_Me, 2 Replies
...in the condoms (one above the other, as in the case of the intercourse) and it seemed intact. I am not aware if either had a tear but collectively it seemed intact i.e. no water leakage. I did not perform oral sex neither did I touch her vagina... Read more »

Joy becomes saddness....

Posted by Maricela30, 5 Replies
...because our silence is killing us and HIV/AIDS is real and we have to do something about it. I couldnt help notice that my son had tears in his eyes I wanted to think that they where tears of joy but they werent. I asked him what was wrong and he... Read more »

TRANSMITTING HIV TO NEWBORN TWINS/NEED ADVISE?????

Posted by Jessie, 3 Replies
...husband come to me, upset, crying and concerned about his brothers two newborn twins and the fact that me and my husband are both HIV+. Apparently, the brother confronted my husband about being with the newborns and washing his hands each time... Read more »