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Can I Get HIV From Tasting Blood?

10/27/2005

Question:

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!

Answer:

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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Response by:

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