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clairbaire123
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at the hospital yesterday, someone had a coughing fit and during that, a minimal amount of spit entered my eye. Can HIV be transmitted this way? Should I get tested & if so when? Thank you!
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Hi clairbaire,

Have you seen our article about HIV? It includes transmission information and should answer your question. The STI Files: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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It says HIV can be present in saliva although kissing and general exposure does not pose a risk of transmission.

Is it safe to say that my situation falls under that "general exposure" and does not pose a risk? I want to make sure I understand it correctly.

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Yep, coughing counts as "general exposure" here.
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