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samfoxwu
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Hi there,

I am a 19 year old girl who hasn't had any sexual contact with a person (that I can remember) other than through clothes for around 10 months. However, I was studying abroad in Italy for June and July and one night when I was out with my friends I blacked out halfway through the night, and I don't remember everything that happened. My friends promise that they kept a close watch on me while I danced with a stranger. I still remember his name-we talked a little while we were dancing. I remember making out with the guy, and dancing with him but I don't remember much else from later in the night and I don't remember going home (even though my friends were with me the entire time). We were only at the bar for like an hour and fifteen minutes-and I probably blacked out halfway in.

When I got home from Italy, about 3 and half weeks after this incident, I came down with a very mono like illness. However, I've also heard that in an initial HIV infection, the person can display very mono-like symptoms and dismisses them for that.

My friends said they watched me the entire night and I never left with the man or did anything outrageous. And we weren't there that long at all.

There's no possibility of contracting HIV through kissing correct? Unless blood comes into contact with open sores...

So even if the guy was positive, my exposure would be very limited?

Regardless, I am getting routine testing once I get back to school but I would like some peace of mind on the situation, because it has been eating me alive.

Thank you so much.

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Kachina
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That is correct that you cannot contract HIV through kissing unless both people have open sores. So it is very unlikely you caught HIV from this person, even if they were positive. It is, of course, always a good idea to get a checkup.

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samfoxwu
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Thank you so much! What counts as open sores? LIke abrasions or just like canker sores or something? If there were sores, what are the chances that I could have gotten it? Like doesn't there need to be significant exposure?

I'm sorry. I just feel really stupid and I'm trying to be as responsible as I can about this. I have an appointment to get tested on Tuesday.

I am really hating myself right now. I can't stop worrying. [Frown]

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Kachina
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Open sores as in a wound that is open and not healed, so both of you would have to be bleeding.

I believe there is only one known case of HIV transmission through kissing. The couple both had gum disease, which can cause gums to bleed, so there was blood exposure. They had also been together many years, so there was a lot of kissing that did not transmit it, even with the gum disease.

Your chances are very, extremely small, I highly doubt you have HIV.

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