Problem

Risk of contracting AIDS through lesions

Incidence:
Only 1 in the 140,000 cases of AIDS in the USA reported up to 1990 involved a dentist who had AIDS accidentally infecting a patient through the blood in an open wound in her mouth. She later developed AIDS.
Claim:
AIDS can "theoretically" be transmitted by contact lenses, infected food, mosquito bites, French kissing and contaminated toilet seats.
Counter Claim:
WHO claimed in 1991 that all laboratory and epidemiological studies showed that mosquitoes and other biting insects were not capable of transmitting HIV infection, much less non-blood contacts.
Related Problems:
Unsafe blood-related products
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Subject(s):
PhysiologySexually transmitted diseasesHazards
Date of last update
22.04.1999 – 00:00 CEST