[Question #1101] Deep Kissing and HiV Concern

49 months ago
Hi Doctor,
I Deep kissed a woman a week ago, after few drinks, dinner and smoking Marlboro, with tongues touching each other for about 2 minutes with breaks in between. There was no way for me to see inside of her mouth for any visible sores or any other bleeding, and my lips bleed every morning after brush. These are the concerns that I have -

1) Should I be worried about contracting HiV if she had blood in her mouth that I couldn't see due to darkness? What if the same blood got in contact with my lips that bleed in the morning?

2) If scientifically blood ever becomes a concern, how much blood are we talking about? On-line it says 'bleeding gums and sores' but doesn't say how much of it.

3) Even if there was little bit of blood, wouldn't the HiV virus inside it would have got affected by the drinks and Marlboros? I heard its very fragile.

4) Any need for the RNA test?

5) Do I even need to test?

6) Could I forget about this incident and move on with my life?

7) And what if I ever date again, and want to kiss someone? I don't think it would be appropriate for me to ask her to open her mouth and then look for any visible sores and blood :-)

Regards,
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
49 months ago

Welcome to our Forum and thanks for your question.  You have nothing to worry about.  All experts including the U.S. CDC and the World Health organization are in agreement that HIV is never transmitted by kissing. This is the case even if you have sores in your mouth, even if you or your partner have dental or gum disease, and even if your partner transfers blood from her mouth to yours as you kiss- still NO RISK and no need for testing.  There is no need to inspect the inside of anyone's mouth before you kiss them as a precaution.You should never fear that you will acquire HIV or other STIs from kissing anyone. 

I hope this comment is helpful. You are in the clear.  EWH

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49 months ago
Dr Hook,

Thanks for the prompt response! It looks so surreal, since the last few days I have had gone through all of your posts on the Internet, each and every forum looking for answers. And now I have the response from the one!! Take care Doctor and please convey my deepest regards to Dr Hunter, you both are pioneers in your field.

Regards,



49 months ago
Dr Hook
Sorry, forgot to ask, is your response valid for a passionate deep open mouth kissing, and not just a peck on the lips?
Regards,
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
49 months ago
Yes, this response refers to both closed mouth and open mouth kissing.  No risk at all.  Take care.  EWH
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49 months ago
Thanks doctor. This thread could be closed now.
Regards,