Unprotected oral sex can transmit HIVBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7392.730 (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:730
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Laboratory studies of mouth tissue suggest that unprotected oral sex does have the potential to transmit HIV.
A US research team examined the possibility that normal human oral keratinocytes might be directly infected by HIV or might convey infectious HIV virions to adjacent leucocytes.
Dr Xuan Liu of Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and colleagues at the University of California in Los Angeles obtained oral tissue samples from over 50 …