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Doctor insights on: Can You Catch Hiv By Kissing

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Hiv (Definition)

Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more


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Can you catch HIV or hepatitus from a kiss on the cheek?

Can you catch HIV or hepatitus from a kiss on the cheek?

Very unlikely: Saliva is a low risk body fluid and kiss on an intact skin is very unlikely to transmit HIV or hepatitis viruses. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch aids or HIV from french kissing? Is it unpredictable, sort or russian roulette?

Is it possible to catch aids or HIV from french kissing?  Is it unpredictable, sort or russian roulette?

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. If one person has active bleeding on the lips, then that is possible, but why would you kiss someone who's lip was bleeding? Truth is, there have been no known cases of HIV being transmitted from kissing. ...Read more

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Can I catch HIV from having frottage in our underwear? (2 men) There was no open mouth kissing...just dry humping in underwear

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 by kissing and rarely if ever by oral-genital contact, so this would have been a no risk event even with those contacts. No worries at all about this event. Best wishes and stay safe! ...Read more

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Can you get HIV through kissing?.

No: The risk is virtually zero unless you have open sores on your lips or in your mouth. ...Read more

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Can you hiv from casual kissing?

Can you hiv from casual kissing?

No: Not even likely from intense kissing. HIV is not usually transmitted via the oral route. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (Definition)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more