Anonymous
Hello there,
I have an urgent question about HIV and open mouthed kissing. 3 weeks back I had open mouthed kissing with a guy whom I don`t know the status of HIV. And I have no idea whether there was sores or bleeding in his mouth as well as mine. But since that time I`ve got sore throat and some headache although it went away after 2, 3 days. Luckily, no fever still. But since 4 days back I`m having pain in my right hand only. I`m too anxious. I`ve been Googling about the symptoms and transmission of HIV for whole 3 weeks. I cannot concentrate on anything. I`m totally freaked out!! Please help me. Should I go and get tested ? But i cant wait and keep screening for 3 months. Which test should I go for rather than antibody test If I really had better get tested ??
I`m extremely worried! Please answer!
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Anonymous
Greetings,

First and foremost, stop Googling! This will do more harm than good, and just continue to make you feel anxious and worried. There is a lot of old, out of date and just plain incorrect information out there on the subjects of HIV and AIDS.

Secondly, open mouth or French kissing is considered no risk for the transmission of HIV. No risk! So, although I would recommend to all sexually active individuals to engage in regular testing, you can rest assured, and put this particular event behind you. There is no way you've transmitted HIV or anything other than the common cold from this scenario. The pain in your hands could be from any number of things, all of which are not HIV related. If concerned, see your family doctor.

I know it is easier said than done, but you need to take a deep breath and try to remember the facts, not the scary misinformation you've found on google. HIV is transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse or the sharing of used needles. It is not transmitted by kissing, rubbing or touching, regardless of sores or potential bleeding. You would need a great deal of (noticeable) blood present for even the possibility of transmission.

I would urge you to put this situation behind you, and keep in mind that if you are indeed engaging in sexually activities its a good idea to get tested regularly for all sexually transmitted infections including HIV.

I hope this helps to put you more at ease. Please feel free to contact us again with any more questions.

All the best,

Katie
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