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A 28-year-old male asked:

I have a cavities.. im kissing open mouth to hiv person.. i don't know she have a gum or disease.. i want to know its risk?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Rosner
Specializes in Rheumatology
HIV and kissing: Yes it is risky if there is an exchange of saliva.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Low risk: There haven't been documented cases of HIV transmission by kissing. There's little of the microbe in saliva and the patient's mucosal antibodies seem to prevent transmission as well. Hopefully she's also under treatment for her hiv, making her less infectious than she would be otherwise. The dental caries don't lead to the bloodstream in any case.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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