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Can You Get HIV Through French Kissing If You Have A Sore Throat?

04/25/2005

Question:

Can you get HIV through french kissing if you have a sore throat?

Answer:

HIV is not typically spread through kissing. Studies looking at oral sex show that HIV is not passed as easily as vaginal or anal sex. There are no reported cases of HIV being spread just by kissing alone. A sore throat would play little role in transmission of HIV. There are factors that inhibit HIV in the saliva that may play some role in reducing transmission risks.

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Response by:

Carl   Fichtenbaum, MD Carl Fichtenbaum, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati