Anonymous
Hi
May I kindly request your evaluated opinion on my situation. I recently engage in a french kissing with an HIV positive lady for days. The kiss was really deep and I remember inserting my tongue into her mouth and her's into my mouth. She told me that she's positive after days of kissing. During the kiss I do not recall tasting blood from her mouth. I'm just stressed and continuously ask myself "what if blood was present but I just did not taste it. I recently contact her and asked her what medication is she taking for this virus and she told me that she's only taking vitamins and other medication but NOT ARV's. She also told me that she just checked her VIRAL LOAD and she was told it's very low and her CD4-count is still high.

Do you think I've contracted the virus from repeatedly french kissing her and whether do I need an HIV test?
Your response will be highly appreciated.
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Anonymous
Hi kissing is not a risk for passing HIV, taking blood directly into your mouth from a person living with HIV is a low risk to acquire HIV and if you are concerned that thee was an exchange of blood from this woman who has HIV, please seek an HIV test. There is no need for stress and you are not likely to ever be exposed to HIV from kissing, since you did not taste blood and blood has a very strong and distinct taste.

If you did exchange blood this again, is a low risk exposure, if there was no blood there is no risk.

We at the Helpline do recommend that all sexually active persons regularly test for all sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

Good luck with your tests and let us know how everything works out.

David.

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