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Can HIV be transmitted by sharing cigarette? What if the other person left his blood on filter of sigaret and if I hed a cut lip or cold sore?Thanks

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You can not get HIV from sharing a cigarette because HIV is not in saliva. This is why it is not passed through kissing or sharing eating utensils either.

If there is old or dried blood on the cigarette you will not get HIV because HIV does not live for long outside the body.

If there is a fresh blood and you had an open area on your mouth it is possible that you could get HIV. However, we do not see HIV being passed this way. It is most often passed through sex and sharing drug equipment.

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This answer was posted on July 30, 2013

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