Anonymous
hello,

I had a kiss (just kiss) and some body rubbing, rubbing the dick.. There was no oral or anal or any other activity. But the guy later said he had bleeding gum in the morning when he brushed. The kiss was many hours later in the evening. Even while kissing I did not taste any blood, and no cuts or sores etc. It was a healthy lips from both of us. I remember his lips was dry in the corner.

1) Rapid test- Tested myself Negative at 31 days - Can I take this as conclusive?
2) What if he had bleeding gum while kissing- Is that risky? how much blood is actually required to transmit hiv through kissing
3) Considering the activity described do you suggest another test after 3 months?

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Anonymous
Hi there and thank you for reaching out to AIDS Vancouver with your questions! We're happy to help.

In regards to your activities, the situation that you have described above is considered to be a no risk activity. I have included a copy of our transmission equation, which demonstrates how HIV is transmitted:

HIV TRANSMISSION EQUATION


BODY FLUID
+
ACTIVITY
+
DIRECT ACCESS TO BLOODSTREAM
---------- -------- ----------------------------
• blood (including menstrual) • unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse • vagina
• semen • sharing needles • anus
• pre-cum • mother to child (in specific cases) • urethra in the penis
• rectal secretions • open cuts and sores (in theory)
• vaginal fluids • other mucosal membranes
• breast milk • points of needle injection  
In terms of your questions:

1) Here in Canada, all tests are considered conclusive 3 months after your most recent exposure. Thus if you are looking for conclusive results, you would need to re-test at 3 months.

2) In order for a cut or sore to provide direct access to the bloodstream, as outlined in the transmission equation, the cut needs to be gushing blood and require immediate and professional medical attention. Furthermore, saliva in your mouth actually contains an enzyme that inhibits the transmission of HIV!

3) Since you situation is a no risk situation, there is no need to re-test again at 3 months.

I hope I have answered your questions, and feel free to contact us with any further concerns.

Regards,

Sierra, Helpline Volunteer

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