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Anxiety about French-kissing a girl and two weeks later getting the flu

Aug 4, 2011

Around 5 months ago I French-kissed a girl. After that she told me she had slept with seven other guys before. Two to three weeks later I got the flu (I should mention that my sister also had the flu). After 35 days I tested negative. Now I'm still worried to death. Should I take the test again?

Response from Dr. Fawcett

There is an extremely low chance of transmitting the virus by French-kissing, although it is theoretically possible because of the potential for blood contact. Many people with a variety of possible exposures (some very low) can have symptoms that coincidentally can occur with acute HIV infection or, having read too much about possible signs, begin to believe they are experiencing them themselves.

I'm glad you tested negative. Despite the very low risk of this incident, you should have occasional tests until six months have elapsed since your exposure.

Follow up:

Hey David.

I'm the guy who asked the question about deep kissing and getting the flu. I will take the test in two weeks. I have a question: what is the record of people getting HIV through deep kissing? (I mean the official record -I want to know my chance).

Wish me luck.

Response: The risk of transmission of HIV through french kissing is "virtually nonexistent," although the presence of HIV-infected blood in the mouth can be a risk. I will repost here a response from Dr. Frascino from the "Ask the Expert" forums on this topic.


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