- Open mouth kissing is a low-risk activity as the concentration of HIV is very low in saliva.
- HIV is not casually transmitted, so kissing on the cheek is very safe. Even if the other person has the virus, unbroken skin is a good barrier. No one has become infected from social contact such as dry kisses, hugs, and handshakes.
- Prolonged open-mouth kissing could damage the mouth or lips and allow HIV to pass from an infected person to his/her partner(s).
- Kissing in presence of bleeding gums or ulcers in mouth can be risky.