|in regards to your answer
Apr 17, 2001
In regards to your answer about recieving oral sex you say that the risk is not zero is that because that ther might be blood in a persons mouth or because you believe that saliva is an infectious body fluid. I know that nobody can say that anything is no risk but after 20 years and no documented cases of anyone becoming infected through recieving oral sex dont you think that if this was a route there would at least be a handful of cases by now? I would also guess that if somone had blood in their mouth or if saliva was an infectious fluid that french kissing would also be a risk. I asked the CDC about both issues and they say that if this was a persons only risk that testing is not nesesary but they to will not say zero risk is this because this is "theoretically" possible?
Response from Dr. Little
Saliva can be an infectious fluid if it contains inflammatory cells (not necessarily blood) as a result typically of an ongoing mouth ulcer, bad gums, etc. I am personally convinced that the literature supports the fact that transmission HAS occurred as a result of oral sex. I have seen at least a dozen cases myself as well. I believe that the reason french kissing is less of a risk is because most people do not have many inflammatory cells in their mouths. Oral-genital contact (ie. oral sex) involves genital secretions which are much more likely to contain inflammatory cells which can be carried into close contact with an uninfected persons mucous membranes (oral or genital) and cause infection. HIV testing is not generally recommended after limited oral-oral contact, because the risk is thought to be quite low (not zero). I for one, do advise HIV testing after unprotected oral sex simply because I do believe that transmission does occur in this manner.
- Black Spots After Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Diarrhea After Anal Sex Condom Broke Worried I Have HIV
- Fever After Rubbing Penis Worried I Have HIV
- Sore Throat After Swallowing Blood Worried I Have HIV
- Vaginal Discharge After Oral Sex With No Protection Does It Mean I Have HIV
- White Spots After Touching A Bloody Scab Worried I Have HIV
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.