The ABC’s of Gay Sex

KISSING

For the most part, kissing is not a risky sexual behavior. HIV cannot be transmitted through saliva. Gonorrhea and chlamydia aren’t transmitted through kissing. In fact, the risk of contracting HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases through kissing is so low that the CDC and other authorities don’t provide an estimate of that risk.

But there are several rare exceptions to that rosy picture. For one thing, kissing isn’t risk free if a person infected with HIV has bleeding gums or a sore in his mouth and you have a sore as well. In that situations, there’s a risk that his infected blood will enter your system. You’ll also put yourself at risk if you engage in deep kissing (“French kissing”) with someone infected with syphilis who has a sore (“chancre”) from that disease in his mouth. Also, in recent months, several gay men in Greater Los Angeles have died of meningitis, a disease that can be transmitted through kissing or even sharing a water bottle with an infected person. (There’s a vaccine that can prevent that). Also you should know that you can contract oral herpes through kissing someone who has that virus and is suffering with a cold sore or fever blister. Ninety percent of Americans are estimated to have oral herpes, which can’t be cured but is easily controlled and not lethal.

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Dave Smith
Dave Smith
8 years ago

HIV cannot always be isolated in urine, and if it is, HIV concentrations are too small to pose a threat of infection. The HIV risk from drinking urine is negligible. Some conditions contribute to blood being present in a person’s urine, which would contribute to a risk of HIV transmission if your partner was infected. Urine is fine on the outside of intact skin. If there are any breaks on the outside of the skin, don’t urinate (piss) near the break(s). Remember that a pimple or shaving cut is also a break. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that can be… Read more »

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