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kissing french style


how many cases have been reported for hiv because of blood transmission through french kissing. please reply i have a sore in my mouth which is not bleeding. is there any possibility to get me infected if the person had bleeding and is mixed with the saliva and also i would like to mention i had chapped and dry lips with small holes with no active bleeding, but there is blood if it is pressed. is there any possibility because i kissed two strangers in the pub.


Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking if french kissing is a risk for HIV transmission.

Depending on the depth of the cut, HIV transmission can only provide a risk while deep kissing if there appears to be a substantial presence of blood. HIV transmission can only occur when HIV positive bodily fluids (such as blood) have direct access to the bloodstream of another through cuts in the skin. If you have visible cuts or sores in/on your mouth, and you have come into contact with a person who does not have substantial cuts/sores in their mouth, you may consider this a Negligible Risk: (There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission).

Recommendation: There are no evidence or no documented cases of transmission refer to Physician for more personalized answers.

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody