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Do People Catch HIV From Swallowing Blood

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HIV Infection via swallowing blood?

Dear Dr. Bob,My husband and I are aid workers in Tanzania, where the prevalence of AIDS is greater than 10% in the city we work (Dar es Salaam). He was involved in a car accident on Friday and the taxi driver's blood went into his mouth. He has no...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...HIV-acquisition risk remains extremely slight. There is no indication the cab driver was virally enhanced. You don't mention how much blood landed in your husband's mouth. Most likely it was only a small quantity. There are components in saliva... Read more »

I swallowed lots of semen!

I swallowed my own semen and it's quite many!!! can I get HIV? Read more »

Swallowed Blood

Dr.Very Quick question. Yesterday I shook hands with some co-workers. As I walked across the... Read more »
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The Well Project

HIV Transmission

...HIV-negative, and avoid giving it to someone else if you are HIV positive. HIV is spread through the following body fluids: Blood (including menstrual blood) Semen and other male sexual fluids ("pre-cum") Vaginal fluids Breast milk ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Children and HIV

...infected than children of other races. Most children with HIV were born to mothers with HIV. Others got a transfusion of infected blood. In the developed world, blood for transfusions is screened and most pregnant women are taking ARVs. See ... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV and Safer Sex

...you perform oral sex without a condom, finish up with your hand, or spit semen out and rinse with a dental wash rather than swallowing. Dental dams are squares made from latex. Put some water- or silicone-based lube on one side of the dental dam... Read more »
Project Inform

Systemic Candidiasis

...causes candidiasis. This fungus is normally found in small amounts in the mouth, vagina, digestive tract and skin. In a healthy person, other bacteria and the immune system keep it from becoming a problem. However, a weak immune system makes it... Read more »
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What was I thinking????

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...of her life, she gets her results tommorrow. I know I was irresponsible, but how could someone be that careless about another individual? I told my GF what happened when I got back and she is still here, not sure for how long once I get the... Read more »

swallowing

Posted by sadface, 2 Replies
...Oral sex..if I was to "swallow" does that put me at risk for Hiv?? Thanks all.. Sf Read more »

Symptoms Questions

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...away and come back when it wears off or do they stay constant? My exposure was being sucked and rimmed by another male with no blood that I could see. How much blood would really have to be present to catch the HIV? Ounces, cups, gallons???? I... Read more »

Intelligent dialogue from a Dissident!

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...choices about their health care. To suggest that access to facts is dangerous seems to demean the intelligence of HIV diagnosed persons. It is not unlike statements made by the religious right that sex education leads to promiscuity. Read more »