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Wisdom Teeth Removal/HIV

Question: 

Hi,

I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed months before being I kissed this stranger. To the best of my knowledge I had no open sores or anything around my mouth (with exception to my wisdom teeth areas) and the guy that kissed me stuck his tongue into my mouth a lot so there was lots of saliva. I don't know if he had any open sores or not, but he did have gold teeth in the front of his mouth if that addition matters. I guess i am just really worried that my wisdom teeth being removed provided an entrance for hiv.

Answer: 

Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

I'm happy to let you know that your situation is No Risk. The reason for this is that kissing doesn't provide a risk for HIV because saliva cannot transmit the virus. Additionally, saliva contains an enzyme that helps to break viruses down, providing further protection. The gold teeth wouldn't make a difference, and even if he did have sores in his mouth, you'd have to intake a lot of his blood to have a risk for HIV, which was clearly not the case.

I hope this helped! For more information about how HIV is transmitted, please visit avert.org

Sincerely,

Christina

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