Deep Kissing and HIV Transmission

Question

Hello,

I just read this article which quotes Luc Montaigner:

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Deep kissing and HIV transmission

Contrary to some studies, renowned French researcher and scientist, Prof. Luc Montaigner, who discovered that AIDS is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), has revealed that HIV can be transmitted through kissing. Speaking at an AIDS workshop at Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Aug. 29, Montaigner said while many scholars ignore the risk involved with kissing, research has proved that deep kissing leads to contamination. "Deep kissing where there is exchange of saliva leads to Aids," Montaigner told Aids researchers and journalists. He explained that salivary glands contain viral components and can transmit these components to a partner during the kissing process. He said it is worse if one's partner has mouth ulcers or wounds. Montaigner is president of the World Foundation for Aids Research and Prevention, director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientific (CNRS) in Paris and head of the Viral Onchology Unit at the Virology department at Institut Pasteur, where he also head. From The Monitor (Kampala) August 30, 2000. http://allafrica.com/stories/200008300010.htmls the AIDS-

Retroviruses department.

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Okay, I am thoroughly confused now. Has Deep Kissing now become a higher risk activity? Also, Mr. Montaigner specifically states, "research has proved that deep kissing leads to contamination." Did I blink and miss some critical study results?

Please enlighten me! Thanks

Jeff

HIV Newsletter Editor

Answer

Thanks for the update. I must have blinked too, because Luc Montaigner's announcement is news to me. I have not been able to find anymore specific information about his statement.

I am so wary of the press when it comes to relaying scientific information. You need to be careful of statements being taken out of context. In the absence of clear scientific data, articles like this hold no weight with me.

I'll update you all if I hear of anything more definitive. I still believe that kissing is an extremely low risk activity. Refer to my response to Newest information on deep kissing for more information on this topic.

RMK