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Aug 12, 2013

Please if an infected hiv person should experience the ARS signs , how many of the signs will be possible. Is it going to be just one or more? My second question is, if an infected hiv person with cut in the mouth possibly bleeding,happens to kiss an uninfected person without a cut in the mouth. Please what's the risk like. Thanks

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi Everyone experiences symptoms differently. From no symptoms to symptoms so severe they need hospitalized. Many people will not have any symptoms when they first become infected with HIV. They may, however, have a flu-like illness within a month or two after exposure to the virus. This illness may include Fever, Headache, Tiredness, Enlarged lymph nodes (glands of the immune system easily felt in the neck and groin). These symptoms usually disappear within a week to a month and are often mistaken for those of another viral infection. HIV transmission occurs when there is a prolonged direct exchange of body fluid with a significant amount of fluid.This mainly occurs through vaginal and anal sex, sharing needles and mother to child through breast feeding. HIV transmission through oral sex is considered a very low risk. This leading to your answer about kissing. You cannot get HIV through kissing. Yes it is possible with bleeding gums and poor oral health, but not probable. There would need to be a significant amount of blood and the other person woud have to have open wounds and even with that transmission is extremely low.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon

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