Hickeys are not known to transmit HIV. Hickeys are referred to love bites or tiny bruises, which occurs if someone bites into the skin as a part of sex play. Hickey have only one in a million chances of transferring HIV, i.e. if your partner is HIV-infected and has a broken skin, where you would somehow have a direct access of their bloodstream. In fact, in such a case too, the risk is quite low for you to be infected with HIV; you must come in direct contact with the infected blood, semen or vaginal secretions to get HIV. When someone is giving you hickeys, only the capillaries right beneath the surface of your skin gets ruptured, allowing the blood to seep out amongst the surrounding tissues. Biologically speaking, hickeys are nothing but just another form of bruise where the blood seeps out under the surface of the skin. It can transmit infection only if the saliva is sucked form an HIV-positive person, which can further transmit the infection. Do note that even if one develops a cut or a bruise due to the love bite, the risk of transmission is extremely low. Hickeys are therefore, quite safe. Read more about World AIDS Day — Can I get HIV from oral sex? Do note that chances of oral sex activities, such as hickeys transmitting HIV is lower than vaginal or anal receptive sex. The risk increases if there are cuts or mouth sores or bleeding gums. Also, the risk of HIV is higher if there are sores over the genitals or any STDs are present. The risk of getting HIV during sex can be reduced by using condom or dental dams. Ejaculating in the oral cavity also poses a risk. Saliva is not known to transmit HIV. In the event, when we expect the partner to be at risk for HIV, one can consider PEP in consultation with the doctor on immediate basis. Read here World AIDS Day: Which body fluids can transmit HIV? Image source: Shutterstock

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