[Question #4168] Kissing with cut on the lip

31 months ago
Hi Doctor,
Sorry to be back again, but I need some clarification about kissing as such and if anything has changed recently as far as it being a risk for HIV.

I bit my lip in few spots (adjacent to each other) while I was having lunch (and I do that pretty often), there was tiny winy amount of blood and the cut was not that deep but I could feel it with my tongue. Later in the evening ( 7 hours after the biting incident), while having drinks, I ended up kissing a woman on her lips. No deep kissing, just 7-8 small parting kisses.

I am not sure if my cut got in direct contact of her lips, but if it did, am I risk of getting HIV?

Is it fair to assume that the cut would have started healing by the time the kiss happened?

Should I refrain from kissing someone if I have such cuts (as I mentioned I have the habit to bite my lips while chewing in a rush) ?

Any need to test and abstain from my regular partner?

Regards,

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be glad to comment.  Let me first tell you that the event you describe was a no risk event with no need for concern or testing.  Having done that, let me provide a more detailed explanation with additional information for perspective.

First let me point out that unless there is something that you failed to mention, HIV is quite uncommon in North American and Western European women, being present in a fraction of 1% of the population.  In addition, while HIV may be found in small amounts in oral secretions the amount is quite small and much larger quantities are associated with probably transmission. Finally, even the most conservative estimates suggest that HIV could only be transmitted less than once for every 10,000 deep kisses in which saliva is exchanged.  many people have mouth sores, cuts, dental problems and gum disease yet there are no proven cases of HIV being transmitted through kissing.  When all of these facts are considered together, your risk for HIV from the episode you describe is less than your risk for being struck by lightening while reading this reply.  I really would not worry in the least.

I hope this comment is helpful. EWH


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31 months ago
Thanks Dr Hook. There is nothing out of ordinary about this lady and she is the same one that I had referred in #3885. After the incident in #3885, as per my insistence, she apparently got tested for HIV and it was all clear. I didn't see the report, but I have to believe her.

So for this specific incident -

1) Fair to assume that the lip was already going through the healing process ( 7 hours since the bite happened) ?
2) Even if she was HIV positive, I don't have to worry about getting HIV from this incident ?
3) No need to test?
4) And I can put all this behind me and can resume unprotected intercourse with my regular partner?

Regards,

 

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
31 months ago
Given all of your prior questions and our responses, you really should not have needed to even ask the question.  In fact, I must say, I answered it by mistake and really should have deleted it as i said I would on our lest interaction:

1.  Yes
2. Correct
3. correct
Yes.

This concludes this thread. EWH
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