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amount of blood in saliva
Aug 31, 2013

Please shannon what's the amount of blood in saliva that can infect one with hiv during a deep kiss. Thanks,val.

Response from Ms. Southall

Hi HIV transmission through kissing does not carry a risk. The amount of blood that would need to be present would not make it a pleasant kiss! The volume would need to be significant and there would need to be a fresh open wound in the mouth of the receiving end of the kiss. The mouth is not a hospitable place for the virus to live and transmit. This is also why oral sex carries the lowest risk of HIV transmission.

Be well and stay safe, Shannon



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