Posted by: ACS | 2004/11/17



Hi Doc,

Is it possible for a child or anyone to contract HIV if someone's saliva spray gets into their eye while talking and what if that spray contained blood?


Expert's Reply



It maybe an extremely remote possiblity, but not something I would be neurotic about.

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/11/18

The HI Virus is present in saliva, but in concentrations far too low to spread the virus. Nobody has ever got HIV from spit. You would need to get approximately a litre of spit into you before you would be at risk. Even kissing passionately doesn't produce this much saliva.

The HI Virus is very fragile and can't live for long in contact with the air.

I think that spit with a speck of blood in it could in theory transmit the virus through the eye, but in practice it would be unlikely.

Why not post your question on the HIV expert forum.

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