Can You Get HIV from Kissing? A Real-Life Story of Understanding

Invitation to Join the conversation about HIV and kissing.

Love + Sex Sex Education Sean Kivi

This article was published on November 8th, 2023

In a world brimming with questions and uncertainties, some topics demand not just answers but personal connections. One such question, “Can you get HIV from kissing?” often lingers in the minds of many, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community.

Although most older gays will understand the intricacies of this matter, many of those in the younger generation fail to speak about such topics. The truth is, in most parts of the world young people will not experience the struggles or the oppression we have historically experienced.

As such, they will fail to understand these intricacies of HIV, which is one reason we want to to write about this topic and share this information. It is an attempt to resonate with a younger audience, and help them understand a highly stigmatized disease which they are not speaking of. 

To understand the answer to this question, let’s go on a journey with Alex, a young gay individual, as he navigates love, relationships, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Alex is an ordinary guy with an extraordinary story. His journey of understanding the realities of HIV transmission through kissing is a clearly highlights the need to speak about taboo topics. 

Through his experience, we’ll learn the misconceptions surrounding HIV and learn that sometimes the most significant lessons come from real-life stories.

Come along as we walk in Alex’s shoes, exploring the doubts and fears that arise in the realm of romance, all while seeking answers that can make a difference in our lives. It’s a story of empowerment, love, and the courage to challenge preconceptions. Let’s begin our journey with Alex, and discover together if love and knowledge can truly conquer all.

Alex meets Mark

Alex is your typical twenty-something-year-old. He’s charismatic, passionate, and happens to be gay. Like anyone else, he craves love and connection, and one fateful day, he found himself swept up in the whirlwind of a new romance.

Alex’s life took a turn when he met Mark, a charming and witty guy who shared his interests and dreams. As their connection deepened, so did their affection for one another. They took off on the rollercoaster ride of falling in love – those heavy, heart-pounding moments when every touch and glance felt electrifying.

Their budding romance was beautiful, but it also brought forth something else – questions…

You see Alex is a bit naive. In today’s world, where he spends most of his time on TikTok, Youtube and around others his age – gay people don’t have too much to worry about. So, the thought of potentially catching a life changing virus has never crossed his mind. Until he met Mark, who is slightly older. 

Alex notices Mark is hesitating to partake in sexual activity, and he wonders why. So he gets up the courage to ask Mark. 

Mark’s unexpected Response

Mark, unlike Alex, grew up under different circumstances. Although there are only about 7 years difference between them, the way HIV and GLBTQ topics were discussed during Mark’s teen years were distinct from that of Alex. 

For example, Alex who is in his early twenties, cannot fathom needing to come “out” or why some gay people are “all about gay rights.” For him the thought of talking about HIV is taboo, not necessary. he doesn’t understand why people go to pride, or talk openly about being gay and surrounding topics. 

So, when Mark replied that he is hesitant because he is HIV+, Alex was taken aback. he had no idea how to respond. 

Did you know that this is a common occurrence amongst gay youths? Younger people will talk less about these topics for many reasons. For starters, the increased use of more effective medications. Next, there is a disconnect caused due to age and the AIDS epidemic in the 80s in the USA. 

This is evident and can be seen using the UK as an example. by 2030 a new HIV infection is predicted to be a rare occurrence with only one new infection per 10,000 people. 

But, given the circumstance, Alex becomes worried. He asks Mark is he can get HIV from kissing. 

He already knows the truth about HIV and saliva

So’ Alex sets the record straight. So let’s jump into what he shed light on. 

The Facts About HIV and Kissing

As Alex and Mark conversed, Alex couldn’t help but have the  belief that HIV can be transmitted through kissing. To clarify the truth, let’s see how Mark replied ad get into the science and facts surrounding HIV transmission.

1. HIV Transmission Requires Specific Conditions:

2. Saliva Does Not Transmit HIV:

3. Extremely Rare Cases of HIV Transmission via Kissing:

4. Practical Steps to Ensure Safety:

5. Other Safe Ways to Show Affection:

In essence, while it’s essential to remain informed about HIV and its transmission, the notion that you can get HIV from kissing is largely a myth. The science and established facts assure us that casual, everyday kissing is not a significant risk factor for HIV transmission.

Join the Conversation

As we wrap up our exploration of HIV transmission and kissing through the eyes of Alex and Mark, we invite you to join the conversation. The story of Alex and Mark is not just theirs; it’s a story that resonates with many, and it shows the importance of accurate information, open communication, and the power of dispelling myths.

HIV is a virus that has affected countless lives, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. Yet, the more we know, the better equipped we are to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

Our journey with Alex and Mark has illuminated some vital truths:

  •   Knowledge is Empowerment: Understanding the facts about HIV transmission is key to reducing stigma and fostering healthier relationships.
  •   Communication is Crucial: Open and honest conversations about HIV status, boundaries, and safe practices are essential in any relationship.
  •   Myths Must Be Challenged: Dispelling misconceptions and sharing accurate information can make a significant impact on our collective understanding of HIV.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever had questions or concerns about HIV and its transmission? Have you encountered myths and misconceptions in your own life? We encourage you to share your experiences, questions, or insights in the comments section below.

Let this article be a starting point for a dialogue that promotes understanding, empathy, and support within our community and beyond. Together, we can break down barriers, challenge stigmas, and ensure that everyone has access to the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about their health and relationships.

Think this type of post isn’t important? Let us know why. We feel that it is never a bad idea to spread knowledge of the illnesses that affect our community, especially when knowledge is power.  

Thank you for taking this journey with us. Your voice matters, and by engaging in this conversation, you contribute to a world that is better informed, more compassionate, and ultimately safer for all.

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