If HIV isn’t in the saliva then why is the test an oral swab? The oral swab isn’t gathering saliva or HIV it’s looking for HIV antibodies in the gum tissue This is why you don’t wanna go scrubing about. Do bug chasers really exist? Yes, they do. People hoping to contract HIV do so for many reasons, some of which include One: having experienced the horrific AIDS related deaths of their friends in the 80’s, they want to die in the same way Two: as a way to commit suicide, somewhat passively Three: it’s a way of sharing something with another person. If they’re unable to have offspring together, baby kind, then they parent HIV There are underground networks for these relationships where they use their own lingo like the golden hand of Midas or gift giving Four: some feel that contracting HIV is inevitable, they want to control when and how it happens. If you’d like to know more about it, there’s a documentary on this very thing, called The Gift. So Lindsey, my girlfriend has this cut in her mouth, she’s bleeding and if I kiss her, can she possibly give me HIV? Get tested before you become intimate and use sex shields to protect yourselves, Remember the mouth is not a super hospitable enviroment for HIV. Do you need to kiss her bloody mouth? What is the difference between HIV and AIDS? Ooh! I answered this question in an interview with Hank Green on Scishow. There’s a chinchila! Is HIV in urine? No. Feces? No. Tears? No. Sweat? No. Saliva? No. Boogers? No. Pre-cum? Yes, totally in pre-cum. Why is having another STD a risk factor? In a happy, healthy vagina the immune system is hanging out in the sub mucosa the layer below the mucous membrane and the vaginal walls. If chlamydia enters your body then the immune system will come out to fight. We know it doesn’t win, because you have to take antibiotics and your partners have to take antibiotics but it tries. So during one of these high alert times, when your immune system has been traumatized by another sexually transmitted infection it’s right there on the surface then whoop HIV has immediate access to its host. Remember, it needs the immune systems cells in order to survive. Another reason to get yourself tested. Other things can bring the immune cells to the surface in the vagina, vulva, urethra, the penis, anus, rectum. I imagine that some of you have more and more questions, I’ve put links to the answers you may be looking for in the doo blee doo. Stay curious and get tested.