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Question: 

Dear Team

Hello. I am a man aged 27. I had a french kissing incident with a certain lady whom I did not know very well in November last year. I did not taste any blood at all. I later learnt that she was hospitalized for some ailment. Immediately I began to fear for HIV. Suppose she is HIV+ (I dont know if she is) and she has gingivitis or ulcers in the mouth..could HIV have been spread to me during the kissing? Would a microscopic amount of blood in her saliva be a high risk for me?

Thank you for your advise.

Answer: 

Hi there,

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from the question, you were asking about the risk of HIV transmission through french kissing with a person of unknown HIV status.

Kissing without the presence of blood is considered to be a No Risk activity (Transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario). Although this person was hospitalized for an unknown ailment, from our understanding of the scenario, there was no distinguishable presence of blood that would indicate a significant risk of HIV transmission. For a risk to occur, a detectable amount of blood would have to come into contact with the mucous membranes in the mouth.

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

All the best,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Cody