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I was wondering if HIV can be transmitted thru an impacted tooth while kissing? I have an impacted tooth that doesnt really bleed not unless you suck on the gum exposed really hard

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.

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

  • Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

  • HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. You say that your impacted tooth doesn't bleed unless sucked on very hard. Superficial cuts, such as that non-bleeding impacted tooth, 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.

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