Our expert says:
Gay, lesbian and bisexual expert
Hi Shy and thanks for posting here - HIV-related posts are always very welcome.
HIV is not spread through any act, be it kissing, sexual intercourse, rimming or fisting. Importantly, HIV is spread through body fluids. Examples of body fluids are semen (cum), saliva, tears, perspiration, urine, vaginal juices and pre-cum. For infection to occur we need TWO things:
1) A HIGH-RISK body fluid. There are only TWO high-risk body fluids that you must be concerned about - semen (cum) and blood. These are high risk because they contain a very high concentration of the virus that causes HIV. Note that vaginal juices and pre-cum are considered "low risk", while the others (urine, perspiration, saliva and tears) are considered "no risk".
2) An ENTRY POINT into your blood stream, such as a sore, a cut or any broken skin. Note that semen (cum) or blood in your eye constitutes a high risk and that if semen (cum) gets into your arse the virus is capable of passing through the membrane surrounding your rectum. Which is why you must always use a condom during anal sex.
In terms of kissing, what body fluids are exchanged? Saliva. Which poses no risk at all.
Trust me: if there was any risk of HIV infection through kissing you'd have heard about it - massive campaigns would have been running. Literally millions of people are kissing each other as you read this and they're fine. Kissing is great - don't let your unfounded anxiety get in the way of a hot extended kissing session.
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