Anonymous
Hi there,

I recently went on a date with a woman, I only just met her. We seemed to hit it off well so we decided to take it further but not too far. We were not sexually intimate at all but we did kiss, we kiss for a little while . During the process I inadvertently cut her lip and she bleed. We after this happened. As asked her if she was clean and she indicated she way. As far as I can tell I had no cuts or ulcers at the time in my mouth - what are your thoughts?
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Anonymous
Hi there, thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver helpline with your HIV related questions/concerns. We're happy to help!

Kissing is generally a No Risk activity, however this is under the assumption that there is no blood present. That being said, even with blood present, it is still an extremely low risk for a number of reasons. First like you said, if you didn't have any major wounds in your mouth, there would be no where for HIV to enter your bloodstream directly, eliminating the risk. Wounds that generally would provide this direct access are ones that would be gushing blood, or need stitches, sort of like wounds that would result after a major dental surgery.
Another protective factor is that saliva contains an enzyme that breaks down viruses and bacteria. Finally, in order to acquire HIV through blood in the mouth, you would need to take in a lot of blood due to the saliva enzymes, and since you stopped kissing, this is unlikely to be the case.

Overall, it is very unlikely to have acquired HIV via this manner, so it's not necessary to test solely for this incident.

I hope this helped! Please check out our website or avert.org for more reliable HIV information.

Sincerely,

Christina

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