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A 24-year-old male asked:

Is we get hiv while talking is blood comes from saliva while taking we have wounds is blood comes from mouth while talking in bleeding gums ?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No. Just no.: This doesn't happen. During the years before treatment, family members simply did not infect one another without the most intimate contact. You have to get virus into the bloodstream and even then it is difficult to get it. These are thoughts and concerns you should not be having. If someone is troubling you with this, put this all away and get on with life.
Dr. Aalam Samsavar
Dentistry 35 years experience
Not Saliva: Body fluids such as saliva, sweat or tears can not transmit HIV virus. The route of transmission is if you have an open wound which comes into contact with the body fluids (semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk, blood or pre-ejaculatory fluids) of an HIV-positive person.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Not likely: If HIV-infected blood or sexual fluid gets inside your body, you can get infected. This can happen through an open sore, during sexual activity, or if you share needles to inject drugs. If you think you have been exposed to HIV, talk to your health care provider for testing.

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