#AskDrMalik: CAN I GET HIV FROM KISSING?

Can I get HIV from kissing

QUESTION:  Can I get HIV from kissing in the mouth? Can kissing spread HIV? Will get HIV from kissing a HIV-positive person?

ANSWER:

Hmmm…very unlikely!

See, I write this to clear some misconceptions about HIV. I know people living together who got scared when they discovered that one of them is HIV positive!

Listen carefully: You can’t get HIV by living together! This is HIV, not Ebola! You can share clothes, cosmetics, & toilets! You can cook, sleep, & bathe together!

And forget about all those baseless fears like “what if the kitchen knife cuts her and it now now cuts me!” Baseless! This is not Nollywood!

The virus doesn’t easily survive outside the human body — it will die in that mosquito and on that knife, or nail-cutter, or clipper before reaching you! That’s the reality!

In fact, rarely, could HIV be transmitted through kissing. However, the risk slightly increases if the kiss is deep & the mouth has cuts, wounds, sores, or swollen gum. Even though, there has been no record of transmission this way.

ALSO READ: I KISS MY FRIENDS. ANY DANGER? WHAT CAN I “CATCH” FROM KISSING?

So, if it’s not sex, or blood transmission, or sharing injection needles, or during pregnancy (from mom to child)…then, your conclusion about HIV transmission is most likely wrong!

So, to your question: “Can I get HIV from kissing?”, I would say: “No, it is very unlikely!”

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Dr. 'Malik Haruna King is a practicing Nigerian Medical Doctor and Sex Therapist. He helps people with sensitive health issues find answers to questions they are too ashamed to ask!