Anonymous
So i had this friend that i don't have any idea about his HIV status but 4 weeks ago he slept with someone without using protection. I wasn't bleeding when he deep kissed me but what concerned me is one hour before he kissed me he had a cut on his lips that stopped bleeding the moment he swiped the blood. After one hour of swiping the blood, he approached and kissed me. I don't think his lip was bleeding when he was kissing me but it has been one week for the incidence.
If he was infected can he might transmitted the virus to me?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I'm happy to answer your questions today.

I understand you're concerned about the possibility of having acquired HIV after kissing someone who had a small cut on their lip. I'll do my best to help put your mind at ease.

Right off the bat, I can tell you that this can be considered a no risk exposure. For there to be a successful transmission of HIV, there must first be HIV present. Next there must be an exchange of bodily fluids with direct access to the bloodstream. Additionally, once exposed to air, HIV is immediately rendered non-transmissible meaning it can no longer be passed on from person to person. Because these conditions were not met during your encounter, it can be considered no risk. Another point of note, when dealing with something like cuts and bruises (ie: chapped lips, papercuts, etc) the injury has to be very severe for it to be considered a viable entry point to the bloodstream. The rule of thumb is that if it isn't actively bleeding heavily and if you don't need immediate medical attention, the wouldn't isn't serious enough to put you at risk for acquiring HIV.

With all that in mind, I hope I managed to answer your questions and put your mind at ease a little bit. Feel free to contact us again if you'd like any more information or clarification.

All the best,

Colin

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