barrytheman23
Hi when I was eating a salad at a local restaurant, I felt something that I was chewing on was extremely rubbery, when I spit it out to investigate, I found that it was a bloody booger. My wisdom tooth is currently growing in so I am bleeding in my mouth. If the bloody booger touched my bleeding wisdom tooth area, am I at risk for contracting hiv?
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helpline-volunteer

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the possibility of HIV transmission through chewing a booger found in your salad that might have touched your bleeding wisdom tooth area. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

From the information given, this scenario has been determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). The scenario above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation (see below).  In order for transmission to occur, a number of requirements must be met.

HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the bloodstream. 

A booger having HIV positive fluid is not possible. From the HIV Transmission Equation, HIV transmission requires HIV particles in a bodily fluid (e.g. semen, pre-cum, vaginal fluids, etc.) to have direct access to the bloodstream through a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity. 

In this case, there has been no direct access to the bloodstream through this activity that would warrant a risk of HIV transmission. 

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Recommendation: No need for an HIV test with the scenario provided, please refer to a healthcare professional for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sonali


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