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can you catch hiv from kissing

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Very unlikely: Saliva is a low risk body fluid and kiss on an intact skin is very unlikely to transmit HIV or hepatitis viruses.

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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
No: Hiv is transmitted through exchange of blood.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No: No, you can't get it that way.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
29 years experience Family Medicine
No: Hiv is not found in high enough concentrations in saliva to cause infection, so kissing cannot transmit the virus, even if you both have chapped lips. ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
No risk at all: Definitely there is no risk of HIV or other STD transmission through clothing. HIV is sexually transmitted only by vaginal or anal intercourse. Never ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Zero: There is no case of HIV infection from saliva, kissing, or touching one's tongue. This is not how HIV is transmitted.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Not from: kissing.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV: No. This would be a reportable incident. HIV seldom if ever survives in saliva in which the enzymes kill the virus. Oral sex on the other hand, in whi ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Not even likely from intense kissing. HIV is not usually transmitted via the oral route.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: It's very clear you cannot catch HIV this way. You can get infectious mono, CMV, herpes simplex, syphilis, and/or gonorrhea. For syphilis, there's g ... Read More

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