Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
January 20, 2018, 06:06:46 AM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Members: 32184
  • Latest: timoup
  • Total Posts: 725310
  • Total Topics: 59122
  • Online Today: 290
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 4
Guests: 222
Total: 226


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ pages, including our "HIV Transmission and Risks" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" basics, will remain accessible to all.

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: Worried  (Read 2769 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline shel

  • Member
  • Posts: 4
« on: October 15, 2007, 07:06:58 PM »

First off, I would appreciate any advice you could give me.  About five months ago, I was out at a bar celebrating with some friends.  We all had a little too much to drink and we ended up meeting up with this group of random guys.  I ended up making out (deep french kissing) with one of the guys for about an hour.  I have no idea if he was infected or not, but I am worried now because I have a mild case of gingivitis, so my gums were raw.  If he had HIV and also had bleeding gums, could I have contracted HIV from him?  I have read many similar posts where the answer is No because you can't get it from saliva and even if there is some blood, it would be neutralized.  However, I have also read on the net that there has been a case where a male transmitted HIV to a female due to deep kissing.  Apparently he had bleeding gums.  Now I am really worried.  I noticed too, that the CDC does not recommend deep kissing due to the fact that it may be contracted through open sores in the mouth.  What do you think? Am I worrying over nothing, or should I get tested.  Thank you all for your advice.  I really appreciate it!

Offline Matty the Damned

  • Member
  • Posts: 12,265
  • Ninja Please
Re: Worried
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007, 07:15:33 PM »

There has never been a case of HIV being transmitted through kissing - deep or otherwise. Yes I'm aware of the case you cite, but I dismiss it as not true. People often lie about the risk behaviours they engage in.

The CDC in the US is notoriously conservative and a lot of the information it releases on HIV is influenced by the social agenda that is coming out of the current White House. It's a political agency.

You do not need to test because of this event. There is absolutely no chance that you can contract HIV from what you describe. Please take the time to read our Welcome Thread and follow the links to our Lessons to learn more about how HIV is and is not transmitted.


Offline shel

  • Member
  • Posts: 4
Re: Worried
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 05:42:02 PM »
Thank you for your advice Rapid!  I forgot to mention with this incident, that I also had a cut on my lip, during the deep kissing.  The cut had bled earlier in the day, but it had not bled any that night, that I know of.  If the guy I was kissing, had a sore in his mouth, could the I have been infected with the raw area on my lip?  I'm worried.

Offline shel

  • Member
  • Posts: 4
Re: Worried
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 05:43:19 PM »
Sorry, I meant Matty.

Offline Andy Velez

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 32,266
Re: Worried
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007, 05:49:35 PM »
Shel, the details you're adding on don't make any difference. Kissing is NOT a risk for HIV transmission. PERIOD.

You're worrying needlessly. Even if you were kissing someone who's HIV+, your saliva has elements which serve as a natural inhibitor which neutralize HIV if it's present.

Andy Velez

Offline shel

  • Member
  • Posts: 4
Re: Worried
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007, 05:53:10 PM »
Thank you Andy!  I appreciate your quick response.  I find this site very helpful and am thankful for all of the advice.


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.