Dec 17, 2012
can i trnsmit hiv by kissing someone when my mouth is bleeding? does an hiv infected person having a high virus even a carrierfor 4 years?
Response from Dr. McGowan
Yes, HIV can be transmitted by kissing if there is blood in the mouth. This could happen if there is a cut, or bleeding gums from gingivitis, or a "cold sore". The risk is dependant, not on how long a person has had HIV, but on how much virus they have in the blood (called the "viral load"). The more virus (higher viral load) the more likely transmission would occur. The risk is much lower if the viral load is undetectabel on medication.
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