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hello sir, iam from india . . . i had kissed a girl on her cheeks on Aug 07 2014. . . and i swallow her cheeks . . on that time i had a mouth ulcer in my mouth . . . there are some pimles on her cheeks . . i dont know wether they are bleeding or not . but they are so small . .with red spots . .no sex and no touching any of her other parts . . we are fully clothed. can i have risk of hiv . . no symptoms till date . . but really scared . . on dec 10 2012 i had gone with a csw and i had tested throughly with tridot upto 6times after 3 mnths .6mnths and one and half year after exposure and all tests got negative . . and my last test was on 13 Aug 2014. . no other sexual exposures from that . . and latest was this which i had kised on a girl cheeks . . should i want to go for a test ?? plz helo me
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Anonymous
Hello There,

Thank you for posting on the AIDS Vancouver Helpline Forum.

Let me assure you, the situation you described does not put you at any risk whatsoever for HIV transmission.

HIV can only be transmitted when specific bodily fluids of an HIV+ person come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV- person. The bodily fluids that need to be present are: blood, semen, pre-cum, vaginal or anal fluids or breast milk. Saliva is actually not a fluid that can transmit the virus because it contains an enzyme that prohibits its growth.

The bodily fluids then need to gain direct access to the blood stream of an HIV- person. Direct access refers to vaginal or anal intercourse, the sharing of needles, or deep, fresh and profusely bleeding wounds. Pimples and ulcers are not an adequate connection to the blood stream.

The HIV virus also needs a closed system. As soon as it is exposed to the air, the virus dies.

For all of these reasons, the situation you described put you at no risk of HIV transmission. Kissing is not one of the activities that can lead to transmission – you could have even kissed on the lips, with tongue and it would have been perfectly safe!

I think perhaps it would help you to see a list of activities and their associated risk levels, so I have copied a link to another part of our website here:[Risk Assessment Chart](http://helpline.aidsvancouver.org/question/risk-assessment-chart)

I hope I have helped to ease your mind. I’m sorry to hear that you were experiencing anxiety over this situation. You should know that you absolutely do not need to go for testing due to this experience.

Hope this helps!

Please let us know if we can provide any more information. Or if you would like to call and speak to someone at the Helpline, you can do so anonymously and confidentially by calling 604-696-4666, Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm.

All the Best,
Chantelle,
AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer
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