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Offline hi5surfergirl

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« on: September 01, 2006, 01:08:06 PM »
hello i am new here and i have a question.  please don't think ill of me cause i have been beating myself up and i have nobody to talk to.  when i was 18 my best friend was hiv + but before he knew he was we shared things like we ate after eachother and drank after eachother we would share cigs you know things like that from what i have read you can't transmit hiv that way but i am worried because one time we shared a piece of chewing gum after he had been chewing on it i never thought twice about it even after we found out he was hiv + well i am 24 now married and my hubby wants to have a baby and now i am so scared of getting preg because i am scared that i got hiv by sharing the gum.  why now is it bothering me i don't understand i have never thought about it until just recently.  please don't think bad of me for asking this question i have been having really bad panic attacks and i am scared. thank you so much for listening

Offline RapidRod

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Re: worried please don't think i am stupid
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2006, 01:14:46 PM »
Please take the time and read the "Welcome" thread. You had NO RISK in contracting HIV by chewing his gum or smoking after him etc.

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Re: worried please don't think i am stupid
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2006, 01:20:08 PM »
i did read it i know that i should probably not have asked that question i knew that it couldn't be transmitted through the other things that and i wasn't sure about the spit because some sites say it can be transmitted through spit and some say it can't i am so sorry for bothering you all with this stupid question but i have nobody to talk to i would like to thank you for responding to my post and again i am sorry for the stupid question

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Re: worried please don't think i am stupid
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2006, 01:49:51 PM »
surfer,

Saliva is not infectious, regardless of what you read elsewhere. There is a lot of out-dated and/or just plain wrong information on the internet concerning hiv. Saliva contains over a dozen different enzymes and proteins that damage the surface of the virus, which makes it impossible to go on to infect a new host. Saliva is NOT infectious and we've known that - without doubt - for years.

Here's what you do need to know about protecting yourself from hiv transmission. You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL STIs together. To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with a sexually transmitted infection.

If you and your husband have never been tested, you might want to, especially if either or both of you have ever had unprotected intercourse with someone whose hiv status you do not know for a fact. But there is no way you would have been infected from sharing chewing gum.

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Re: worried please don't think i am stupid
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2006, 03:17:10 PM »
thank you for the responses i have been bottling that up for a couple of weeks and if felt good to talk about what i was feeling. some of the places on the enternet are really miss leading about way to transmit hiv. thank you again

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2006, 11:28:27 AM »
Hi everybody i have been on here once before but i don't know if you all remember me.  I ask a question about transmitting hiv by chewing a piece of gum after my hiv + friend and you all told me there was no risk in that.  I have some questions about spit.  from what i have read on the welcome thread hiv can be transmitted through open cut, sores, and abrasions.  Okay i guess my question is can hiv be transmitted by getting spit in an open cut or sore.  or is it totally unlikely?  or what if my firend licked a cut or a sore i had?  Please don't get angry by my dumb questions but this is the only place that i have found that is helpful and has good information for people who have questions.

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Re: Questions
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2006, 12:00:22 PM »
HIV can NOT be transmitted by spit, saliva, tears or sweat.

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Re: Questions
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2006, 12:08:33 PM »
surfer,

I've merged your new thread into your original thread - where you should post all your additional thoughts or questions. It helps us to help you when you keep all your additional thoughts or questions in one thread.

If you need help finding your thread when you come here, click on the "Show own posts" link under your name in the left-hand column of any forum page.

Please also read through the Welcome Thread so you can familiarize yourself with our Forum Posting Guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation.

As Rodney says, saliva is not infectious and will NOT transmit hiv. There are over one dozen different elements in saliva that actually damage hiv and make it unable to be transmitted to a new host.

Saliva is NOT infectious, period, end of story.

Make sure you read the Welcome thread and follow the Transmission Lesson link found there. Please also read the condom and lube links in my signature line because all you need to do to remain hiv negative is to make sure condoms are used every time you have intercourse. No exceptions.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2006, 12:20:38 PM »
Ann i am sorry i didn't know how to do that. thank you for doing that for me.
sorry for my ignorance i am not trying to upset anyone with my questions so it can't be transmitted if he licked an open cut?  so i shouldn't be worried because we never had sex or any sexual behavior.

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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2006, 12:35:20 PM »
surfer,

If you'd read the Welcome thread like you've been asked to, you'd know how to find your thread and you'd also know that saliva is not infectious. Licking a cut will not transmit hiv.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline hi5surfergirl

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Re: Questions
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2006, 12:50:39 PM »
Ann,

i am very sorry i am not trying to upset anybody.  i just don't understand transmission i have looked at so many websites and i have read so many conflicting stories.  Thank you for helping me understand and once again i would like to apologize if i upset you or anybody else.

Offline Ann

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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2006, 01:13:24 PM »
Surfer,

Who's upset? I'm just telling it like it is. Saliva is NOT infectious, never has been, never will be.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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