Sedgeb
Hi, 
I was with a guy and he kissed me on the lips a couple of times. There was no French kissing but after awhile he told me he was positive. What is my risk? I tested negative after 6weeks of this incident. What do you think? 
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helpline-volunteer
Hello, 

Thank you for your inquiry. From what we gather from your question, you are asking about the risk associated with kissing a person living with HIV.

From the information given this scenario has been determined to be No Risk (transmission of HIV is not possible in the given scenario).

The scenario above does not meet the three components of the transmission equation (see below). HIV is not transmitted through saliva. Kissing, and other forms of social contact such as hugging, sharing cutlery, and shaking hands do not allow for the transmission of HIV.  In order for transmission to occur, a number of requirements must be met. HIV transmission requires the presence of HIV positive fluid (such as semen, vaginal fluid, pre-cum, rectal fluid, breastmilk, etc), coupled with a High, Low, or Negligible Risk activity, that provides the virus with direct access to the bloodstream. 

In this case, there has been no direct access to the bloodstream through any activity that would warrant a risk of HIV transmission. 

Additionally, those who are aware of their positive HIV status are usually engaged in adhering to their anti-retroviral medication, which, if used properly can significantly reduce the possibility of HIV transmission to others. Adequate anti-retroviral adherence is associated with a low or even undetectable viral load in the person taking the medication (1). Those who achieve an undetectable viral load are effectively unable to transmit HIV (2). This is referred to as Undetectable=Untransmittable (3). You can read more about this in the resources linked below. 



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Recommendation: There is no evidence or documented cases of transmission. Refer to a healthcare professional for more personalized answers.

ARV Treatment and HIV Transmission (1)
ARV Therapy and Viral Load  (2)
Undetectable= Untransmittable  (3)

Regards,

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online, Sonali and Ashley 

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