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A 27-year-old male asked:

Can i get hiv by kissing a stranger (a gay man) for about 5 min while i had a sore throat and a sore burnt tongue? i don't know if he was bleeding

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 46 years experience
No: HIV isn't transmitted by kissing. Period. You can get gonorrhea or syphilis or infectious mono or CMV. But not HIV. Very few people are bleeding, especially while you're kissing them. I'm very glad you found a time to be happy with another person, and that you're comfortable with who you are -- and I admire your courage in asking. Love well and safely. Best wishes.
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