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Question: 

hello...
while kissing i had small amount of HIV+ blood in my mouth from my partner.and i had a small dry cut(no bleeding,0.5 cm).is that any risk of HIV??? and only one kiss is there. please answer...

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 you tasted a small amount of blood in your mouth while kissing your partner.

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 or in your mouth was outside of your partners body, exposed to oxygen and thus could not transmit HIV to you.

  • Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV. The blood you tasted would have mixed with your saliva, coming into contact with that enzyme.

  • HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. Superficial cuts, such as the small dry cut you had, simply do not provide the conditions necessary for transmission to occur. For superficial cuts to potential provide direct access to the bloodstream, they would have to be actively bleeding and in need of stitches or surgery to repair. From what I understand, this was not the case in your situation.

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.

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