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Can You Contract HIV From Swallowing Blood

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Swallowing blood/saliva

Is it possible to contract HIV by sawllowing blood and or saliva? When you have no sores or open wounds inside your mouth....
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
You ask an interesting question that should be separated into two separate queries:Is it possible to contract HIV by swallowing saliva? The answer to this question is no. This is why casual contact, such as sharing food utensils and glasses or deep... Read more »

HIV Infection via swallowing blood?

Dear Dr. Bob,My husband and I are aid workers in Tanzania, where the prevalence of AIDS is greater... Read more »

Can you contract HIV through contact of someone's blood in your mouth

I was playing basketball and a guys arm was bleeding and his blood was all over the ball during the... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Nineteen HIV-Positive People in China Win Compensation From Hospital After Contracting Virus From Unscreened Blood

A group of 19 HIV-positive people in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province will receive about $2.5 million from the hospital where they contracted the virus after receiving transfusions of unscreened, illegal blood, a court ruled on Tuesday,... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Iraqis Allegedly Infected With HIV in 1980s Through Contaminated Blood Products File Civil Lawsuit

Three groups in Iraq -- including about 35 Iraqis who allegedly contracted HIV through contaminated blood products in the 1980s -- have filed a civil lawsuit against the country's Ministry of Health and two companies that sold blood products, the ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Botswana Project Encourages Young People to Donate "Safe Blood," Stay HIV-Free

Botswana has launched a new project that encourages young people to donate "safe blood" and teaches them how to avoid contracting HIV, Reuters AlertNet reports. The project, Pledge 25, targets youths both in and out of school because "most of them... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care Workers "Still Vulnerable" to Blood Infections, Including HIV, Opinion Piece Says

Dr. Hacib Aoun, who contracted HIV from an accidental blood exposure while working as a medical resident and published an account of his experience in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1989, "helped capture the terror and the arbitrariness of... Read more »
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Contracting HIV

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Recently my husband found out he is HIV+. At this time I am HIV - but I have only had one test and no viral load test done. We know he was negative in the beginning of last year and now he ha HIV. When I asked him about how he got this he told me... Read more »

HIV contraction possible in this scenario?

Posted by Melissa_Rowan, 1 Reply
I have a question. I noticed I had some blood looking spots on my sleeve, after I wiped my nose with my shirt , my nose in which was sore and raw from a cold. Theoretically if the blood on my shirt was from an HIV+ person and I did wipe my sore and... Read more »

My 7 yr anxiety of contracting HIV

Posted by XManifest, 2 Replies
Hi there,

I have a had a fear of AIDS for the past 6 years. So bad that I could not study for my final exams. this fear is not due to unprotected casual sex or needles, Ive only had one partner in my life.I once had bad acne on my chest and back, and... Read more »

What are the odds that I will contract HIV from skin rashes/irritation?

Posted by Wesher11, 1 Reply
I had red rashes/skin irritation on my inner thighs and scrotum, and I had sex with this woman with condom, but I worried that her vaginal fluids got on my rashes on my inner thighs and scrotum, if she is HIV+ and the fluids get on my rashes, will I... Read more »