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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can i get infected by kissing a person with hiv?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: It is uncommon to pass HIV by kissing, but it is possible. Hiv is in the blood. If both partners have some cracks or scrapes on the lips or inside the mouth, any canker sores, or any bleeding gums, then HIV can be passed. The possibility of getting infected increases with the amount of time spent kissing.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely to get it from kissing only.

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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 got to be a lesion. For the others, less so. Most folks think it's worth the risk. Best wishes.
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Can you get HIV through kissing?.

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Dr. Martin Raff
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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 which semen hits the tonsils or the back of the throat is an excellent way of transmitting this virus. Be very careful out there, but short of very direct sexual contact or exchange of blood or body parts it is almost impossible to acquire. Good luck.

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