Kissing during PEP
Jun 9, 2009
Dear Dr. Frascino,
Let me start by telling you how much I appreciate what you are doing, as well as your input. I truly respect you--as a gay man, doctor, and human being. :)
My question regards kissing during post-exposure prophylaxis. I experienced an unfortunate incident--unprotected anal sex (I was the receptive partner/"bottom")--with a gay European male, who informed me after the incident that he liked unprotected anal sex because "it adds to intensity of sex". I asked him about his last HIV test, which was in January and came back negative (according to him).
Worried about my high risk for exposure, I made my way to a local health clinic and spoke to them about receiving post-exposure prophylaxis. Approximately 43 hours after exposure, I started taking a combination of Combivir (2 tablets per day) and Viread (1 tablet per day). I have followed the regimen every twelve hours since. The day after I started taking Combivir and Viread together, I had a date with a male, whom I abstained from sex with. Nevertheless, I engaged in very deep kissing for several hours, and I felt a slight stinging sensation on my lips. Being the hypochondriac that I am, I kept wiping my lips to check whether there was any blood, but there was none. Still, when I got back home, I used a tissue to wipe my lip several times (just to make sure), as I saw chapped/cracked lips, and, after several wipes, saw a small spot of blood the size of a period at the end of a sentence. I am incredibly, incredibly worried about having transmitted HIV to my date via deep kissing.
-What do you think my chances were/are of having transmitted HIV to my date (hypothetically speaking)? I don't need a definite number--any kind of answer would serve me well.
Thank you! :)
Response from Dr. Frascino
What do I think? Well, even with your having PEP onboard and chapped lips I feel the words to "As Time Goes By" still apply: "You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, as time goes by."
Your HIV-transmission risk? Nonexistent. So pucker up and smooch away, OK?
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Painful Urination After Oral Sex On A Woman What Are The Chances Of HIV
- White Discharge After Insertive Anal Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Antigen P24 2 Weeks After Exposure
- Bilirubin And ALT Elevated With Tired, Weakness, Fever
- Can Anabolic Steroid Affect Hiv Results?
- Does Hiv Cause Vaginal Burning Sensation?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.