Anonymous
hello, am kevin i have this worry that keeps scaring me off. this is the story behind it. On 1st may i deep kissed this girl whom was hiv positive but we never had sex or oral sex all we did was kiss like 2minutes then the next day i had this blockage in my throat that wants me to keep clearing my throat and actually i also noticed this on her too.
Could it be that am infected or not since there was no blood in my mouth or lets say if there might have been a drip of blood from her mouth maybe from the gums could it be enough to infect me and what could have resulted to the cause of my throat needing me to keep clearing it often.
All i know is that she is on her medication its now almost four weeks still no symptoms only my throat.

PLEASE ASSIST ME SINCE AM CONVINCING MY SELF THAT AM INFECTED AND SCARED FOR AN HIV TEST.
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Anonymous
Hello Kevin and thanks for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

Kissing with no blood present is a no risk situation. Saliva contains enzymes that inhibit HIV transmission. The fact that your partner is on medication for HIV is also great.

Symptoms that may be associated with HIV can also be found in a variety of conditions so the only way to diagnose HIV is through the blood test. The testing window is 4 to 12 weeks after exposure. Although test results obtained before the 12 week point can be a good indicator of HIV status, testing at 12 weeks is conclusive.

While you were not in a high risk situation by kissing the girl, it is up to you whether or not you feel HIV testing is necessary. In the meantime you may wish to consult a doctor about your symptoms for other possible causes.

If you have any other HIV related questions in the future, you can always contact the Helpline again, or go to the AIDS Vancouver website. As well you may wish to check out http://www.catie.ca for reliable information on HIV/AIDS.

All the best,

Marnelle

Helpline Volunteer

helpline@aidsvancouver.org

Helpline MON-FRI 10 am - 4 pm
Tel. 604-253-0566 Ext. 299
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