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Can I Get HIV From Tasting Blood?



I would like to know if a person can get the HIV virus from tasting a small amount of HIV infected blood on his tongue? Whilst recently sucking on a woman`s breasts, I thought I tasted some blood in my mouth, though I`m not sure whether it was my own or hers. Is there a possibility of getting HIV from tasting HIV infected blood on your tongue or in your mouth? Please help!


One could get HIV from tasting blood (if the blood came from someone infected with HIV). In reality, although the risk is small. On the other hand, if you had a sore in your mouth, the risk would increase. CDC has more detailed information at the following sites: HIV and Its Transmission and Can I get HIV from oral sex?

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Amy Beth Kressel, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati