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Why is kissing safe?

Dec 17, 1996

Why can you not get infected by kissing if there is HIV in the saliva?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Saliva can have the virus in it, but in such small concentrations that nobody has ever been infected through saliva. Therefore, the chances of getting HIV through kissing are extremely remote, and nobody has ever been infected through kissing. However, if any body fluid is visibly contaminated with blood (including saliva), the risk of transmission exists.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).

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