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Is Saliva Safe

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Is breathing the air from saliva safe?

Hi , I would like to know if somebody spiit his or her salvia on the ground and it dries, and I happends to pass by, may i contact hiv, aids or other dieases by breathing the saliva from an infected person? Also regarding SARS(if the person...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV is not airborne. That means that HIV cannot be transmitted through the air when an HIV infected person breathes, talks, or coughs near you. HIV is also not known to be transmitted through contact with saliva. The saliva of infected people... Read more »

HIV transmission by salivaThe Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Hi, Rick. One month ago, I became intimately involved with a person who is HIV+. The intimacy was... Read more »

blood in saliva

My possible exposure point is three years from now,when i had protected sex with a prostitute.I had... Read more »
Articles
Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

The New Saliva HIV Tests

For years, we have been testing folks for HIV using blood tests. It'ssomething people have become accustomed to. But what if you don't likegetting blood tests? What if you really hate getting stuck with a needle? Until now, when it came to HIV... Read more »
Project Inform

Meningococcal Vaccine Appears Safe in Youth With HIV

A poster presentation at the joint 2008 ICAAC / IDSA in Washington, DC showed positive results from a study of the meningococcal vaccine (MCV4, also called Menactra) in youth living with HIV. The MCV4 vaccine prevents infection with the N.... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Beijing to Offer Free Saliva Tests for HIV

Beginning this month, three Beijing hospitals will offer a saliva test for HIV. The oral fluid-based kit will make it easier to test for HIV in areas without proper facilities to draw blood and to test certain people, such as the obese and those... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Supervised Blood-Based Self-Sample Collection and Rapid Test Performance: A Valuable Alternative to the Use of Saliva by HIV Testing Programs With No Medical or Nursing Staff

Some saliva-based HIV testing initiatives, the authors wrote, "have resulted in an unacceptable percentage of false positives," while in many countries doctors or nurses are required for blood-based HIV testing programs. In the current study, the... Read more »
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Saliva, Hiv, Risks?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Is saliva risky if it is able to get into your bloodtream? If say your are receiving oral sex and saliva gets on your mucous membranes and into your bloodstream, or if you are getting a french kiss and saliva eneters an open sore in your mouth or... Read more »

Risk of exposure from open wound and saliva

Posted by mantle198, 2 Replies
Hi I'm posting to get a better understanding of my risk exposure and gain some peace of mind, until I wait the 3 month period before I take the HIV test. Recently I had a one night stand with a sex worker, she gave me unprotected oral sex and... Read more »

How safe is performing oral sex now??? HELP!!!

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi all,

If I'm HIV+, how safe is it to perform oral sex on an HIV- guy? Sometime I give him pretty intense oral and his penis has been cut (a little bleeding) ... does that make a difference? Or is the only concern being him coming into contact with... Read more »

how safe is oral?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I just wanted to post a question. How possible is it to contract HIV from giving oral sex to a female. In addition to that question who out there knows if clyamidia transmitted through vaginal oral sex?

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