Malawi Medical Journal
College of Medicine, University of Malawi and Medical Association of Malawi
Vol. 19, No. 2, 2007, pp. 90
Bioline Code: mm07022
Full paper language: English
Document type: Letter to the Editor
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Malawi Medical Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2007, pp. 90
© Malawi Medical Journal
Human bite and HIV transmission|
Akani, C. I; Ariweriokuma, B. & . Uzoigwe, S.A.
The concentration of human immune-deficiency virus (HIV) in the saliva of a carrier is low. As a result, human bite is not considered to be a likely route of HIV infection transmission, and this is even less likely because of the presence of HIV inhibitor in the saliva. There has been no well documented HIV transmission through human bite. The few reported cases of HIV sero-conversion following human bite suggest that there must be blood in the mouth of the biter and a discontinuity in the body part of the bitten for transmission to occur.
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