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Angular cheilits


Hello,Iíve been getting angular chelitis on my lips. Itís a painful condition where you get cracked corners on the lips. I was reading up on it on Google and came across some articles saying itís strongly associated with HIV and also an AIDS defining illness. This has been plaguing me with worry. The risk I had was French kissing a man of unknown status with possible blood in his mouth. I also have bleeding gums when I brush. I am extremely worried after reading about angular cheliits being an aids defining illness. I did test after 3 months of this kissing episode with a duo lab test, and it was negative however my symptoms still persist. Any advice would be helpful.

Jim Allen:

Read your post three times, you kissed someone, it's not an HIV risk.

Certain serious and life-threatening diseases that occur in HIV-positive people used to be called "AIDS-defining" illnesses and Angular Cheilitis isn't one of them.

You have an extremely common skin condition that happens to people regardless of HIV status and it isn't AIDS-defining, there are several treatment and lifestyle changes you can make, see your healthcare and talk to them about getting this treated.

Please don't post about this again!

Here's what you need to know to reduce your HIV risks:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV and get vaccinated against HPV, Hepatitis A & B.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier-acquired STIs. So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms; testing is the only way to know.

Kind regards


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Hmm not sure why sources on the internet are spreading misinformation like this then and scaring people! I have also been getting mucoceleís on my inner lower lip. Itís like a small fluid blister, & again, it says itís strongly associated with HIV too. I feel like I could google anything and it would be associated with HIV propelling my fears.

One thing I am confused about is the biotin interference with the HIV test. I regularly take this supplement and I have also read it could cause a false negative. With my symptoms I am worried perhaps biotin interference has caused a false negative? I know the literature says very high doses of biotin cause an interference but some websites say even very small amounts. My question is would a small amount like that in your diet cause an interference? Like say if I ate avocadoís or eggs before the test?

I am also anxious because I have heard kissing is not a risk BUT how can we be sure? There would be so many people who never test thinking the same right? Like someone somewhere in the world could have contracted it via kissing but maybe they didnít test and we donít know?

Sorry for the questions I am just very worried.

Jim Allen:
You had no HIV risk, we know as this isn't 1984 but 2024, and your concerns lack all the basic biological conditions needed to transmit and acquire HIV next to barriers like saliva that break down the required receptors HIV needs to infect.

Your common health issues are not HIV from kissing, and they are not an AIDS-defining illness either. Instead of googling crap, see your healthcare provider to get it treated and make any lifestyle changes they might suggest.

The rest of your questions are irrelevant as you did not need a test and were not going to pretend otherwise as it would be a disservice to you and the community. Still, nothing you eat like avocados or eggs will make any difference when getting tested.

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