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Feb 26, 2002

I am a male who recently performed oral sex on a female. I had a tooth filling that had fallen out days prior, and areas around the tooth would bleed on occasions. Is there a possiblity of aids or hiv? Is the only way to contract hiv or aids from a person with hiv or aids?

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The only way that you would be at risk for infection with HIV is if your mucous membranes (the lining of the urethra, vagina, rectum or mouth) came into contact with HIV infected fluids (semen, vaginal secretions or blood of an HIV infected person). The risk of infection through performing oral sex on an HIV infected woman is very small, but not absent. If your partner is infected with HIV or at risk for infection, it is best to avoid performing oral sex on her when there are problems with your oral health, as that could increase your risk for infection.

See The CDC's Fact Sheet on Oral Sex.

RMK



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