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Is HIV present in sweat? If someone is HIV+, and their sweat gets in your eye, can you get HIV?

No, HIV is not present in sweat. So if you were to get the sweat of an HIV-positive person in your eye, nose, mouth, or even in a cut during an athletic event, for example, it would not put you at risk of acquiring of HIV. HIV is only present in certain body fluids: blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. [Source: Wormser, GP, Bittker, S., Forseter, et al. Absence of infectious human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in "natural" eccrine sweat. J Infect Dis, 1992, Jan., 165(1), 155-8.]

Take a look at STD basics for more HIV and STD transmission facts.

To your health,
Dr. K

Last modified on Thursday, November 19, 2009.
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