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HIV transmission through a deep kiss with biting and blood

Question: 

Hello,

Could you please estimate the risk of my situation? When I first had (protected) sex with my partner, they told me they were recently screened and did not have any STI. We then had protected sex on multiple occasions. Turned out, my partner was not screened for HIV in a long time, those recent tests did not include it. Although we had protected sex, several times there was deep kissing and biting involved. The bites were quite strong and most likely had broken the skin inside the mouth for both of us. I remember the bites caused a bleeding in my mouth, I am not sure if my partner had any bleeding inside their mouth. Should I get tested for HIV?

Thank you

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about acquiring HIV from kissing with open wounds in the mouth. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be Low Risk (Evidence of transmission occurs through these activities when certain conditions are met). For a risk to exist, specific HIV-positive fluids must come into contact with the blood stream of an HIV- negative person. This can be through "deep, open-mouth kissing if both partners have sores or bleeding gums and blood from the HIV-positive partner gets into the bloodstream of the HIV-negative partner. HIV is not spread through saliva" [1].

Recommendation: Refer to Physician for HIV test.

Regards, AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Ashley References:

  1. CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV transmission [Internet]. https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/transmission.html. 2018 [Cited September 12, 2018].