Q. Can kissing and getting touched by vaginal fluid on face cause HIV?

Answered by
Dr. Sushma Shah
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Hi doctor,

Two days ago, I met a sex worker and we were just kissing each other and my underwear was on. Then she started playing with herself and there were vaginal fluids on her hand. She put her hand on my face and close to my nose and wanted me to smell her vaginal fluid. After about 10 minutes, I felt like this thing might be dangerous, so I went and washed my face. I do not know if she had HIV or not but I am very scared.

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Dr. Sushma Shah

MBBS., PG INTERNSHIP., MD JUNIOR REGISTRARSHIP., MD SENIOR REGISTRARSHIP
HIV/AIDS Specialist

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

When there is no sex intervention and vaginal fluid was touched by her on the face, so it is clearly no penetration as the skin acts as a strong barrier. Kissing has the least chance or nil for HIV but yes, HSV (herpes simplex virus) is common. If any symptoms other than seasonal like a sore throat, common cold, then consult a general physician MD or an ENT specialist. The night sweat, rash all are common, so do not panic. Yet, if you have fear or anxiety, you can go for the test. Once the test results are negative, you are risk-free.

Take healthy food, fruit juice, milk products. The test to be taken are ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kit within 7 to 10 days, RNA PCR on the 15th day, fourth generation CMIA kit test on the 28th day. You can take any of these.

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