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    Extremely upset...HIV transmission by bite
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    newgirl2010 posted:
    I know this would be more appropriate if posted on the HIV board, but it doesn't appear to be checked as often.

    I just received a call from my daycare. He was bitten by a fellow toddler and blood was drawn. What are the risks of infection? Since we don't know the status of the toddler, we must assume he/she is HIV positive. I don't know what to do.
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    georgiagail responded:
    Actually, I check (and comment) on one of the HIV forums VERY often.

    The fact that blood was drawn (and I'm going to assume blood was drawn on YOUR child) means...nothing...if bitten by someone infected with this virus. The saliva of an infected person does not contain the virus. Only the blood and sexual fluids (and, in far lower amounts, the breast milk of lactating mothers).

    Why "must" you assume a toddler is HIV positive? Was the child who bit bleeding from their mouth?

    Gail
     
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    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    As a parent, my first though wouldn't be HIV but infection.
     
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    newgirl2010 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Sorry Gail, The board I happened to check was quiet. I respect and admire your dedication to this board and others.

    Yes, blood was drawn from my child. Thank you for the clarification about saliva. The only reason I wrote I must assume the toddler is HIV positive is because I have no information to confirm otherwise. I do not believe the child who did the biting was bleeding in/from his/her mouth.

    My pediatrician said he should be seen today. tlkittycat...I think that is what my doctor is concerned about...infection.

    The daycare did speak with the parent/parents of the child who bit him and was told he/she is up to date on immunizations and has no known health issues (that would cause infection).

    Obviously, infection is a concern regardless because it is a bite (that is why we are going to go to the doctor)...but not a known infection of any sort.

    Thank you for your responses.


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