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Question about transmission through kissing

May 13, 2012

Dear Richard,

Would there be a possible risk of HIV transmission if a guy who had a very slight cut on his tongue kisses a short kiss (of say 2 secs duration) on the hand of a woman after say, an hour after the cut happened? Would the woman be at risk if the guy happens to be infected?

Please help me put my anxieties to rest.

May God bless you.

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

There would not be a risk of transmission in a situation like this. Even if there was blood present, there would have to be a cut or an abrasion on her hand for there to even be a possibility of transmission.

Bottom line: No need to be concerned.

In health,


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