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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
...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 contains little to no virus, and the virus that is found in saliva is often... Read more »

Transmission of Hep C? (HEPATITIS C TRANSMISSION VIA SALIVA, 2010)

Dr., I so appreciate your honesty and yet I feel you are a bit naive. Transmission is a lot more... 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 »
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Rick Sowadsky, M.S.P.H.

The New Saliva HIV Tests

...stuck witha needle, or don't get tested at all. Now, for those of you who hateneedles, you have an additional choice. It's the saliva HIV antibody test,sold under the name &"OraSure.&" Like the blood tests, this test looks for HIVantibodies. ... Read more »
The Body PRO

Innovative Rapid HIV Test Appears to Detect Acute HIV; OraQuick Rapid Saliva Tests Found to Be Not Very Accurate for High Risk Testers

...different tests, but this is the only rapid test that's capable of detecting p24 antigen in addition to antibody. So it's a saliva test? No, it's blood. And the Determine Combo assay that looks at antigen, as well as antibodies, detected... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV/AIDS Advocacy Groups Protest Ruling in Case Regarding HIV-Positive Man, Saliva

...in a Dallas County, Texas, case that an HIV-positive man who spit into the mouth and eye of a Dallas police officer was using saliva as a deadly weapon was excessive, the Dallas Morning News reports. CDC and "countless doctors say no one... 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 Read more »
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HIV from saliva?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Hi do you think it's possible i got HIV from saliva? a small amount (i'd say 10 drops of saliva but it could be less) got on my hair and my shirt and i don't know if it got anywhere Read more »

saliva and old wounds

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...hey i need someones opinion...If an Hiv+ persons saliva get in contact with 20hours old superficial skin wound, is there a risk? Read more »

Saliva ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Help!!! there was a guy kissed me very hardly, then shoulder skin broke, he licked my wounds with his saliva. after a week, i felt sick, high fever, sore thorat with no reason. Am i infected? please help. read some post from other Read more »

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 Read more »