Anonymous
Hello, am vincent, i was involved in kissing which was not deep kissing with a girl who later said she was hiv+. I have been googling alot and its now 5 weeks since i kissed her.

I have no symptoms at all but my worry is since i have fissured tongue could it have been risky for me to acquire hiv but there was no blood exchange or if there was alittle blood from her gums and me having a fissured tongue with no bleeding gums whats the risk to get infected ?
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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for contacting us at AIDS Vancouver, we are happy to help!

It sounds as though you are very concerned about your risk for HIV transmission after kissing someone with HIV, five weeks ago.

Kissing is actually NOT A RISK for HIV transmission because saliva actually contains an enzyme that inhibits HIV. Saliva and oral fluids do not contain enough of the virus to cause potential for HIV transmission, and it is estimated that a person would have to drink more than a gallon of saliva to be at risk for HIV infection!

With no blood present, kissing is NOT A RISK for HIV transmission, meaning that this activity has never led to HIV transmission. You did state that there was no blood present in your mouth, but you were unsure about if there was a small amount of blood from her gums. Blood would only play a factor if there was a large amount of it from a open, bleeding sore in the mouth that required immediate medical attention (eg. deep bleeding wound in the mouth that requires stitches, fresh dental work, etc.). If there was a large amount of blood present, you would definitely have noticed.
Small amounts of blood do not pose a risk because of the fact that saliva contains an enzyme to inhibit HIV.

Hopefully this information was helpful to you, and if you have any further questions, do not hesitate to call our helpline.

Sincerely,

Raveena


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