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Hi, I I'm a female who kissed a stranger at the bar with cuts in my mouth. Now I'm really scared about the HIV risk involved. I don't know this man's status. He was in the USA from Africa, and we kissed once briefly. I am a cheek biter so I always have cuts in my mouth. Does this pose a large risk for HIV? I am freaking out, and it is scaring the hell out of me please help!
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about your risk of HIV transmission after kissing a stranger in a bar with some small cuts in your mouth.

Deep kissing is a No Risk activity. Here are some of the reasons why:

* Saliva has an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV.

* HIV needs direct access to your bloodstream in order to transmit. There was no direct access to your bloodstream. The superficial cuts in your mouth simply do not provide the conditions necessary for direct access to your bloodstream.


I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • HIV Basics



  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary


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