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Getting Oral sex
Mar 15, 2000

Is it possible for a man to get infected by hiv by receiving oral sex?

Response from Dr. Reznik

Transmission of HIV through via receiving oral intercourse is possible, but not probable. The most likely scenario for this to occur would involve an open "sore" on the penis of the insertive partner and high viral load within the oral cavity of the person engaged in receptive oral intercourse. Is this a likely scenario? No. For the receptive person to have a high viral load there would have to be either blood within the mouth, or multiple oral ulcerations. The latest research in regards to oral transmission of HIV is summarized below.

A study conducted by researchers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of California at San Francisco shows that oral sex is a frequent method of spreading HIV. Oral sex was the likely cause of 8 percent of recent HIV infections in a group of 102 gay and bisexual men in San Francisco. The only risk behavior found in eight of the men was oral sex, which they thought had little or no risk. The scientists concluded that the men must have contracted HIV through giving oral sex, not receiving it, without using a condom.

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