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Kissing
Jun 28, 2001

Dear Ryan,

would you consider kissing more of a risk than recieving oral sex since there is a documented case?

Response from Mr. Kull

The risk involved in kissing and receiving oral sex might be considered about the same: extremely low. In both instances, saliva is coming into contact with mucous membranes, albeit in different locations of the body. The one documented case of HIV transmission through kissing is not a convincing case, since the findings of the investigation were inconclusive (it was not clear if other sexual activity might have caused transmission).

Regardless, it is clear that transmission through kissing or receiving oral sex would be a highly unlikely event.

RMK



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