HC Deb 05 February 1985 vol 72 cc525-6W
Mr. Butterfill

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he has received any evidence which suggests that the acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus HTLV-III may be transmissible through saliva; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

There is limited scientific evidence to show that the AIDS associated virus (HTLVIII) can be transmitted in saliva. However, epidemiological evidence indicates that AIDS is usually transmitted through sexual contact (predominantly homosexual intercourse), sharing unclean intravenous needles or through transfusion of AIDS infected blood or blood products.

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