Anonymous
1. I accidentally ingested dry blood of an unknown person, and I had a canker sore in my mouth.
2. If the canker sore were not bleeding, is it still considered a passage for the HIV?
 
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Anonymous
Hello and thank you for the question. Taking blood that is not dried into your mouth directly from a person living with HIV is a low risk for transmission. The risk becomes higher if you have oral health issues including such things as canker sores.
Taking blood, dried or not from another source is not a risk for transmission of HIV. However this act is not recommended. HIV from all infectious body fluids dies once it leaves the host living with HIV.
While the activity you have described is not a risk for HIV, it should be noted that other virus can live outside of the body for extended periods of time.
It is our recommendation that all persons, regularly test for all sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and Hepatitis C.
All the best,
David
AIDS Vancouver
helpline@aidsvancouver.org
604 696 4666
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