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Oral sex/ one month test
Jul 29, 2003

I had unprotected oral sex with a guy 6 weeks ago while I was drinking at a party, and since then I have been worried sick I may have gotten HIV from precum (there wasn't any ejaculation) in my mouth or throat since I am an off & on cigarette smoker. I got an HIV test after 4 weeks, but I'm still really worried because there seem to be so many mixed messages about getting HIV through oral sex. What is your opinion? Thanks.

Response from Mr. Kull

I don't think there are really mixed messages about HIV transmission through oral sex; all of the evidence to date shows that the risk of transmission through oral sex is low. See the articles on oral sex for more information.

HIV transmission through oral sex, and primarily performing oral sex on an HIV positive man with ejaculation in the mouth (exposure to precum poses a lower risk), it not nearly as efficient as transmission through anal or vaginal sex. The primary reasons for this are that saliva has protective qualities and the cells that line the mucous membranes of the mouth are not as likely to be vehicles for infection.

RMK



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