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Burns on the lips and transmission


A child who recently got a burn (no blood etc) only very red and a blister starting, touched it to my lips. I have some cuts on my lips from the dy weather.
Is HIV transmission possible?


 Hi there,
Thank you for coming to the AIDS Vancouver helpline online for all your questions. Hopefully I can answer your question:
In order for HIV transmission to occur, there has to be fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids etc.) plus an activity (unprotected sex, sharing of needles etc) and a "direct access" to the bloodstream (vagina, anus, open cuts and sores). In this specific case, while you may have had some cuts, there was no blood present and direct access to the blood stream. Furthermore, HIV does not survive outside the body for more than a few minutes and also saliva contains an enzyme that inhibits HIV.
Moreover, either you or the child would need to be HIV+ for transmission to be possible. Someone who is not HIV+ cannot pass HIV to another person.
With this information and your specific example, there is no risk for HIV transmission.
Thank you and feel free to contact us here if you have any other questions.
You can also call us anonymously and confidentially if you wish at 604.696.4666 Monday to Friday 9am-4pm (PST)
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