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HIV infection from deep kissing

Question: 

Hello, i am HIV negative , i got tested 3 weeks before, after this i had a deep kiss with a girl, later came to know that she is HIV positive and also have little blood when she brush in morning , during kiss i didnt felt any blood , the kiss was 2-6 minutes . how many chances are there of getting HIV infection ? present day(appx. 2.5 weeks after exposure) , i am having running nose, itching in throat , moderate fever...... am i infected ????? i am very nervous .... plz help me out.....

Answer: 

Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after deep kissing a woman would was HIV positive.

Deep Kissing is a No Risk activity. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • HIV needs a human host to survive. Once HIV is outside of the body and exposed to oxygen it can no longer transmit. Any blood that was on your lips was outside of the body, exposed to oxygen and therefore could not transmit HIV to you.

  • Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV. Any blood that came into your mouth would have come into contact with the enzyme in your saliva.

  • HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream.

HIV presents itself differently in different people, therefore we cannot comment on the symptoms that you have been experiencing. HIV is not diagnosed based on symptoms. I would, however, recommend that you contact your health care provider to discuss your symptoms and develop a treatment plan. Symptoms can be indicative of other viral infections.

Here at AIDS Vancouver we encourage everyone to make HIV testing a part of their regular health care maintenance routine. The only way to know your status is to be tested. When you visit your health care provider you can ask for an HIV test and know your status.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Hilary

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

helpline.aidsvancouver.org