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Sunburn + Deep Kissing
Oct 30, 2002

Dear Doctor,

Please advise if HIV viruses can be transmitted to a person by contact with his/her sunburnt skin?

In addition, what are the likelihood of transmission through passionate deep kissing if the HIV(-) party has a throat infection at the time of kissing? In fact during a throat infection, we can notice white blood cells present at the back of the throat.

Please help as I believe this will be very useful to others as well.

Response from Mr. Kull

HIV cannot penetrate intact skin, sunburn or not. There is also no evidence that HIV is transmitted through kissing, sore throat or not. Saliva is not a fluid that is implicated in transmission.

RMK



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