Anonymous
Hi,

Last night I deep kissed a stripper with a tongue piercing. This was in a bar and I was having beer all night before and after. In the morning, while brushing I noticed some blood when I spat out the toothpaste. I have tried brushing again and not noticed any blood hereafter. Though I feel a bit in my throat since morning (maybe just anxiety or overthinking on my part). I am afraid that the stripper's tongue piercing may have caused a cut or something like that in my mouth. How much of a risk do I stand to have contracted an STI like HIV?

Eagerly awaiting your response.
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Anonymous
Hi there and thanks for reaching out to the AIDS Vancouver Helpline. My name is Colin and I am happy to answer your questions.

I understand you are worried about the possibility of acquiring HIV or other STIs after French kissing a stripper. I hope the information I can give you will help put your mind at ease.

Right away I can tell you that this was a no risk encounter for HIV. 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, when discussing the issue of transmission via cuts or wounds, the level of injury required is quite severe. Our rule of thumb is that if the injury isn't actively bleeding and requiring immediate medical attention, it isn't a viable route of entry for HIV. Finally I would also add that there are [only five bodily fluids that can transmit HIV and saliva isn't one of them.](http://www.catie.ca/en/basics/hiv-and-aids#how) In fact, enzymes in your saliva strongly inhibit HIV's ability to transmit. Given all of this, we can safely categorize this as a no risk exposure for HIV.

That said, I will note that there are skin-to-skin transmitted STIs and some infections which can transmit via saliva. These generally shouldn't be enough to dissuade you from sexual activity, but I would encourage you to check out the [Smart Sex Resource](http://smartsexresource.com/) for lots of great information on how to have the safest, most fun sex you can.

All the best,

Colin

AIDS Vancouver Helpline
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