AIDS Myths And Facts: Oral Kiss And HIV Transmission: AIDS Spread

Question: Can aids be spread by oral kiss?

Answer: No. AIDS doesn’t spread through saliva or through kissing. HIV virus can spread only through four routes i.e. blood, sexual intercourse, using needles of an infected person or through the transplacental route (i.e. from mother to the child during pregnancy).

What Is HIV And AIDS?

HIV means Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The HIV virus multiplies in the lymph nodes and destroys the white blood cells in the body. The immunity power to fight infections decreases. Hence our body gets more infections like diarrhea, cold, cough and weight loss.

Some people who have contracted HIV further develop Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In such cases the immune system does not work properly and sufferers are prone to all sorts of infection. The infections can develop into serious conditions and become life threatening.

HIV Virus Transmission

The only way HIV can be transmitted through kiss is if the blood comes in contact, via an infection or gum bleed (the possibilities of which are extremely rare and unheard of). Even if the blood enters the gastro intestinal tract, there is no way the virus can gain access into the blood stream and would be destroyed by the strong and acidic intestinal juices.

Further more, the viral load in the infected determines the transmission of the virus from one person to another and not merely the presence of the virus in the infected person.

Don’t worry. Other than the ways mentioned here, HIV virus is not strong enough to survive in the external environment to be transmitted through contact or a casual touch or kiss.

What Is The Cure For HIV Or AIDS?

  • There is no cure for AIDS. But the disease can be actively managed.
  • HIV positive mothers should not breastfeed their babies.
  • Get yourself checked for HIV virus so that you can prevent transmitting the virus to someone.
  • Do not share syringes or needles.

One Comment

  1. S T said:

    I had deep kissed a lady for about 10 minutes 5 weeks ago. I later found out that she is hiv+ thereafter. No blood exchanged during the activity, except saliva, though I had a sore on my inner cheek. Am I at risk? Does saliva transmit HIV? Should I get tested? What is take on this?

    November 20, 2010
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