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Blood in my mouth during Rugby tour

Question: 

I went on the rugby pitch when one of my teammates got a small amount of blood in my mouth. A few days later I have a sore throat and possibly some other symptoms. From what I know he doesn't have the virus, and we were partying pretty hard while we were there. Is it possible to contract hiv through the blood of someone who doesn't have it?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV through taking blood into the mouth . From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met).

The scenario mentioned above does meet the three components of the transmission equation. These components include a bodily fluid through a high risk activity with direct access to the bloodstream (1). In this scenario blood entering the mouth through a low risk activity could satisfy the transmission equation. Please consider that a person who is HIV negative can only acquire HIV from coming into contact with bodily fluids of a HIV positive individual. This would mean you cannot acquire HIV through the blood of someone who is HIV negative. HIV symptoms may mirror or be explained by other things, therefore the only way to be sure is to be tested (2).

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Danielle