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Kissing/Making out

Question: 

So, I read on here that there is no risk for regular kissing, with the exception of blood, is a no risk but I also read that a risk is created when bodily fluids are exchanged so does that make making out with the exchange of syliva a risk?

Answer: 

Hello,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of acquiring HIV through exchange of saliva while kissing. From the information given, this scenario is determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario mentioned above does not meet the three components of the Transmission Equation because HIV is not spread through saliva (1). The five bodily fluids that could contain the HIV virus are blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluids, breast milk, and rectal secretions (2).

Recommendation: No need for an HIV test with the scenario provided, refer to a physician for other health related questions.

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Marie