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Transmission of HIV through saliva - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi doctor
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   question is reg HIV transmission
User :   can HIV be transmitted by receiving a bite
User :   tiny bite
Doctor :   As you know, HIV is shed in body secretions
Doctor :   saliva too contains the virus, but
Doctor :   the success of transmission via saliva is negligible
Doctor :   It is said that one must drink or be exposed to a whole glass of saliva
Doctor :   to acquire HIV infection
Doctor :   A tiny bite as such, without rupturing the skin will for sure not transmit the infection
Doctor :   a bite that causes bleeding, theoretically can transmit the infection
User :   one more question doctor
Doctor :   but practically it does not spread via saliva as the viral load in it is very low & saliva is usually exposed to open air, which kills the organism
Doctor :   Yes go ahead
User :   Is lap dance risk of HIV and can genital secretion get through clothes and cause HIV infection
Doctor :   No, one must get lucky by one in a million to acquire infection like that
User :   during Lap dance the genital rubbing occured and guy was fully clothed and the girl was nude is it possible.But the guy statyed clothed through out.In this scenario ..
Doctor :   The virus die when genital secretion is exposed for a few minutes to the air
User :   is infection possible here
Doctor :   The chances are higher when she has a higher viral load &
User :   there were 2 layers of cloth one XXXXXXXX and underwear inside
Doctor :   the exposure of his penile urethra occurs immediately
User :   for the guy
Doctor :   Still the chance is very low
User :   IS testing recommended for the guy?
Doctor :   He can be subject to the test to rest his fears
User :   Is the testing rationally needed?
Doctor :   Since he gives history of being around a dangerous environment, one tends to think over the truth of his stories
Doctor :   So yes it is
Doctor :   rationally needed
User :   You mean if he is frequent feak out?
Doctor :   Sorry, I dint get you?
Doctor :   He has given history of being around dancers or sex workers
User :   Since i know hime very well and beleiving his statements are true so in that case i am asking
Doctor :   so one must subject him to proper counsellings to extract the truth about the exposure
User :   ok
Doctor :   If what he says happens to be the truth, then testing is not required
User :   Thanks doctor it has been an excellent conversation with you...thanks for the specifics
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   Sure doctor..Thanks
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