Anonymous
Hi, I'd like to know what is the risk level of kissing with someone on the lips with unknown HIV status. I had a chapped lips when we kissed, am I at risk if let's say he was HIV positive? Thank you.
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thank you for choosing the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source of information.

Kissing puts you at no risk, as far as HIV transmission goes. For a risk to exist, specific HIV positive fluids (vaginal/anal fluids, blood, semen) must come into direct contact with the blood stream of an HIV negative person. The two main activities that put you at risk are unprotected vaginal/anal sex and sharing of injection needles. Just to clarify; high risk activities are practices that present a potential for HIV transmission because they involve an exchange of body fluids (ones that can transmit). Kissing someone does not involve any body fluids that can transmit HIV. In fact, the human saliva inhibits HIV and its transmission.

As far as your chapped lips go, they are of no concern, since they do not provide HIV direct access to your blood stream.

I believe the following site would be very helpful, in case you have further questions and concerns: [Smart Sex Resource ](http://smartsexresource.com/).

In health,
Moe, AIDS Vancouver Helpline Volunteer.
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