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Hiv Risk Of Infection Through Kissing

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Older Women: At Risk for HIV Infection

Table of Contents Introduction Older Women: An Overlooked Group What to Do? Older Women Living With HIV Introduction In the US, HIV began mostly as a disease of young men. Today, however, theepidemic affects both women and men of all ages, including older women (age 50and over). While 50 may not seem "old," it is often the age currently used byorganizations that keep track of health-related statistics (e.g., the US Centersfor...
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french kissing low risk/ no risk confuse

I no kissing with just saliva is no risk..when does it become a risk a little blood, large amount a blood. I worried that I have caught hiv by kissing due to having gum disease. . can't remember if any blood was present...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hi,Theoretically, obvious cuts, wounds, sores, or infections in the mouth could raise this risk. But relatively speaking kissing is considered with open wounds or cuts, gum disease etc. to be a low-risk sexual activity as the mouth is not a... Read more »

Risk from deep french kissing with bleeding gums "HAD PROTECTED SEX WITH AN HIV+ WOMAN"

hello.i had protected sex with an hiv + woman just once but we used to kiss deeply yet i had bleeding gums,i dont know if she had bleeding gums too but am really concerned about my health because by the time i had sex with her she had a serious hiv...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for the question,Typically kissing (even deep french kissing) is not really considered a risk. This is because blood isn't just hanging out in both people's mouths nor is something like saliva going to transmit HIV. However, two... Read more »

Kissing and infection with HIV

I would appreciate your explanation about the certainty and confidence of statements one frequently reads that "AIDS has never been transmitted by kissing". In the absence of an animal model, how could the frequency of transmission by...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question. This issue has been addressed over andover. Simply put, there is no evidence worldwide, that HIV has beentransmitted by saliva alone. We do not need an animal model to study HIVtransmission, since we have... Read more »

alcohol and kissing risk

There was an news that alcohol may speed up HIV infection during oral sex bacause mouth cells become susceptible to infection by alcohol. Does it also mean that HIV infection becomes easier during deep kissing when intoxicated?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
I am not aware of any studies that address or answer that question.... Read more »
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How many have been infected through kissing with blood.

Posted by caman1313, 2 Replies
Why is kissing with bleeding gums not a risk? Do we just not mention this since we don't want to create fear and panic. There has to be evidence supporting the risk. Read more »

will I be infected by kissing?

Posted by worrying, 1 Reply
Hello,
Four months ago, I dated with a male net friend, whose HIV status was unknown to me. In our date, he kissed and licked my cheek, lips and part of gum. But we didn't have deep kissing, no direct tongues' contact either. The only thing I've... Read more »

Scared I got infected from french kissing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does anyone know if it is possible to get infected through french kissing. I was making out with this person and before anything else happened she told me that she had hiv. Also if I caught it from her would I have had some symptoms by now? It was 7... Read more »

Deep kissing, receving multiple oral and rimming, symptoms, risk?

Posted by TopGuy1, 1 Reply
About a month ago I had sex with a couple of guys on a vacation, in gay sauna. They gave me oral and we kissed (real deep french kissing), no anal. I had something like a zit on the penis and canker sore in the mouth. One guy rimmed me.

A week after... Read more »