Is it possible to catch HIV rom deep kissing (biting lips, gum desease)? I ask this question because there is contradictory information on internet. The CDC site states that there has been one case in 1997 where a woman got infected from her husband through deep kissing. Other sites like MEDHELP or WWW.WHATZP .COM say there is NO risk from deep kissing regardles of any biting or blood.
I am worried and l dont know if I should test after an exposure like this? Thanks.
Thank you for your question.
Dear No kiss, no fun,
For many, kissing is one of the joys of life — plus kissing someone deeply is hot, hot, hot! And you want to be safe, as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers open-mouth kissing low-risk for transmitting HIV, especially if both partners are without sores or cuts on the mouth or lips. Saliva has certain proteins that make it an extremely poor carrier of HIV. As a result, kissing, sucking, and licking the lips, mouth, and tongue are basically safe.
Blood, however, is an ideal carrier for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and if anybody’s blood enters the equation (or a mouth), things can get more complicated. If an infected partner has blood in his or her mouth, an open-mouth kiss could lead to transmission of the virus through the other partner’s mucous membrane lining the inside of the mouth. If the receiving partner has mouth or lip abrasions (i.e., serious gum disease, cuts, open sores, cold sores), the virus has a better chance of being transmitted. It is possible that extended periods of oral exploration can potentially damage the mouth and lips, causing such abrasions.
That being the case, you two may want to get tested to know your HIV status. Doing so will help you identify what choices you have and what decisions you can make regarding safety measures and lower-risk sexual activities. You may also want to see if there are other reasons behind your girlfriend’s new or sudden no kissing during s ex stance.
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