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RE: Please clarify
Jan 1, 2002

Dr. Fried

In your answer to this question you say that there is no vaccine for hiv or hcv so that type of "massage" is still potentally risky. In this question the guy said he recieved oral sex amny docors on this site and on the Hopkins site say that recieving oral sex is not a real risk for hiv and even though it is theoretical it doesnt happen. I have never heard anything about getting or not getting hcv thru this route are you saying it happens?

Response from Dr. Fried

I am not aware of a specific case of hepatitis C solely linked to receiving oral sex. However, this is very difficult to study since this activity will rarely occur in isolation from other sexual activities. Thus, rather than concentating on the exact risk of a particular type of activity which is not possible to quantify, one should keep in mind that sexual contacts with multiple partners would put someone at risk for a variety of sexually transmitted diseases.



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