[Question #4737] Hiv Risk of Transmission

26 months ago
Dear Dr. 

I would like to find out my risk of HIV during this scenario. 

I gave a guy a hickey on the neck and then tasted a bit of blood in my mouth. I immediately spat it out to check and I did notice some blood in my saliva. I guess I sucked a little to hard. Now my concern is whether I am at risk for hiv? I don't have any sores or cuts in my mouth but the blood was in my mouth for  seconds before I spat and drank some water to rinse my mouth. 

So I be worried about exposure? 
Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
26 months ago
Welcome to the Forum.  I'll be glad to comment and thanks for your confidence in our advice.  You don't mention whether this fellow as HIV infected or not so statistically he was probably not.  Even if he was however, incidental  ingestion of blood from an untreated, HIV infected person, whether from a hickey or from a spot bleeding in his mouth while kissing him is  a no risk event and not something I would worry about.  No one has ever been proven to have been infected with HIV in this way.  I would not worry and see no reason for testing if this was your only exposure to him.  EWH---