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can you contract hiv from saliva

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sal Aragona
41 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Any contact with body fluids can transmit HIV from one who carries the virus to another that does not have the virus.
Dr. Alan Zweig
45 years experience Dentistry
No: Just from blood or unprotected sex.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Low risk: Saliva contaminated with blood can transmit hiv, though the risk with saliva is small. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Non-specific: Excess saliva is a non-specific symptom and not diagnostic of any disease, let alone hiv. If you are concerned about HIV your doctor can order a test, ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Bloody Saliva ; HIV: If a person is infected with hiv, the virus may well be in saliva even without gross blood. The concentration is usually low but it is transmissable.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: What did you do with the bloody saliva. Blood in any form can contain the virus, altho less likely since salivary enzymes can kill the virus. Even, h ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: Unlikely to transmit HIV through saliva because the enzymes destroy the virus. Oral transmission occurs through blood or semen reaching the tonsils, ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Blood: Blood containing HIV virus getting into another person's blood is far more dangerous than exposure to saliva from an HIV positive person.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Both really: Saliva does contain some enzymes that can damage the blood cells that contain HIV. However, people with HIV have HIV in their saliva so it is not 100% ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
No: No it cannot. However, it can be destroyed by other digestive enzymes.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Roth
32 years experience Dentistry
Highly unlikely: The hiv/aids virus is very fragile and short-lived. If ther is a large amount of blood in the saliva then it may be possible.
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