Sunday, November 21, 2010

Can you transmit HIV by kissing?


Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection is one of the most dangerous infections that you always want to know about so that you can prevent it.Understanding the risks and types of exposure may help lots of people who might be exposed to a potential risky situation. Now the question is can you transmit HIV by kissing? Many people may think that since it is a viral infection you may get it easily just like flu or herpes, but in reality getting HIV is not possible from skin to skin contact or by being close to someone who has HIV.

Over the decades HIV awareness has increased so much that almost every educated person knows about HIV, but few existing myths and fear of getting HIV always create anxiousness in an individual after an exposure. Most commonly HIV is transmitted by unprotected sexual activities, needle sharing, blood transfusion, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery or breast feeding. Just for your information, risk of HIV transmission varies from types of exposure and number of exposures. You can view the data from this link, click here.

Just keep in mind that adequate number of virus is required to transmit HIV, and this is the one of the reasons for variation in HIV transmission rate from one type of exposure to another. We all know that unprotected sexual activities puts you at risk, but risk is higher for the receptive partner as compared to penetrating partner. However, oral sex is not considered equally risky and the risk of  HIV transmission is low as compared to vaginal or anal sex.

Depending upon the type of exposure, more or less people know about their risks, but when it comes to kissing, touching or being together with HIV patient, many of us become anxious and think about potential exposure. I would like to tell our readers that the risk of HIV transmission after kissing or touching is almost zero, and there is not a single documentation stating that casual kissing could transmit HIV infection. This is just a myth and does not happen in reality unless someone has really deep kissing resulting into bleeding and bruises.

In conclusion, I must say that  your skin acts as a protective barrier for HIV transmission and prevent HIV transmission from touching, handshaking or being close to HIV patient. Of course there is no doubt that you are still safe after kissing as well. You can read more about HIV from this link, click here.

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