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What Is The Risk Of Getting HIV From Saliva

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AIDS InfoNet

Stopping the Spread of HIV

...infection, you should take steps to prevent getting infected. People recently infected (within the past 2 or 3 months) are most likely to transmit HIV to others. This is when their viral load is the highest. In general, the risk of transmission is higher with higher viral loads. This fact sheet provides an overview of HIV prevention, and refers you to other fact sheets for more details on specific topics. Sexual Activity You can avoid any...
Ask the Experts

oral sex risk

Rick, a number of your earlier answers have indicated that no person has ever acquired HIV from receiving oral sex (ie exposure to saliva) but Mark Schoof's article "The Great Fellatio Debate", posted above, refers to 4 cases where HIV was...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...through receivingoral sex were still very low. We agreed that if there were blood in themouth, then there would be a significant risk of infection through receivingoral sex. One of the cases you mentioned was a man who had also engaged... Read more »

Just donated money at Going for HIV Testing

Dr BobCan you advise me the risk of getting HIV in the following situation12 weeks back I was in Vegas. Went to a strip club. I will get to the questions. The stripper was giving me a dry hump. After sometime she put saliva on her hand and rubbed it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,Your HIV risk is negligible at best. Your fears are unwarranted. What happened in Vegas stayed in Vegas! If you remain worried, a single HIV Read more »

I donated 100$ and will donate monthly but please help

Dr Bob,Please help me I am going creasy and you are the only one who I can talk to.PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE ME and I promise that I will donate in a monthly basis to help to people and this will be my last question and I will never bother you again.I ...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation are fine. Handjobs using spit as a lubricant are not considered to be an HIV-transmission risk. There are components in saliva that actually inhibit HIV. The chances of your sex worker spitting enough blood to cause a significant... Read more »

Risks of biting and getting bitten

Is HIV passed by biting? I've heard that a man got infected after being bitten his lip. What about bleeding scar on skin as a result of bite?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...small, that nobody has ever been infected through saliva. However, if saliva is visibly contaminated with blood, then the risk of transmission exists.There has been a case where a man became infected when he got bitten by an HIV positive woman.... 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 »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...cases of HIV transmission from performing oral sex on a person infected with HIV. While no one knows exactly what the degree of risk is, evidence suggests that the risk is less than that of unprotected anal or vaginal sex. If the person... Read more »
The Well Project

HIV Transmission effective this method really is in reducing transmission. It is best to use fresh needles each time. This eliminates any risk of infection. Many cities offer free needle exchange programs. Tattoos or body piercings should always be done by... Read more »
The Well Project

Myths About HIV

...mother to baby during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. The following "bodily fluids" are NOT infectious: Tears Sweat Saliva Urine Feces Casual contact is not considered risky because it does not include contact with blood or... 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 Read more »


Posted by Phatfarm1980, 1 Reply
...I got trush from a protected encounter? And doesn't contracting something like trush, then increse my cances of contracting HIV? Since the fifth day till now (7th day) I have been feeling unwell. Light sweats, slight cold symptoms etc and I... Read more »

low risk contact but fever and rash??

Posted by bob111, 2 Replies
...canker sore in mouth. i had two cold sores that were crusted over and scabbed over below my lower lip, not sure if that was a risk or not. no ejaculate in my mouth. i just had a really high fever two nights ago with bad headaches, im feeling... 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 »