May 5, 2014
Dear Doctor Do you think that a person with known problem of bleeding gum, french kisses an HIV infected person who may or may not have the bleeding gums,get the HIV? Please consider that french kissing involved lots of tounge.
Also if an infected HIV person bites another person on Chin would cause infection?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi Deep or open-mouthed kissing is a very low risk activity in terms of HIV transmission. HIV is only present in saliva in very minute amounts, insufficient to cause infection with HIV. HIV transmission can only occur when there is a direct and prolonged exposure to body fluids, semen, vaginal fluid, blood or mother to child through breast feeding. This most commonly occurs through unprotected vaginal or anal sex and sharing of needles. Casual contact, sharing utensils, drinking after someone, etc are not way for HIV transmission to occur. If you go to this link HIV101 it will take you to our page that talks about the ways in which HIV is and is not transmitted.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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