A 42-year-old male asked:
is there much risk if someone has hiv and small traces of blood in there saliva got into a bleeding cut you had on leg when they were talking to you.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Martin Raff answered
55 years experience Infectious Disease
No: The risk seems quite small, but what a strange set of circumstances. If you think you may have been exposed to HIV disease the best thing to do is to go and be tested. Good luck.
Answered on Jun 19, 2016
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
Not a chance: Listen. Saliva doesn't transmit HIV. A cut on your leg is already closed. During the bad years when there was no treatment, milllions of families had an HIV-positive member playing freely, sharing utensils, licking, kissing, hugging, cuddling and everything else that makes life nice, and not a single person caught HIV except by sex or sharing needles.
Answered on Jan 1, 2016
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