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Rimming Risk

Mar 18, 2005

Dear Dr. Bob,

I've posted this question a few times, and I know you're busy, so I'll post it again.

I had an encounter with an HIV+ man one week ago. He rimmed me and then we had protected anal sex (I was receptive), no ejaculation. I feel really dumb about it as I put myself at risk even knowing about it before hand. I definitely plan on getting tested in the next few months, but I would just like to know if you think the risk of this encounter was high? I am mainly concerned about saliva on the outside of the rectum entering when the penis was inserted. Thanks.


Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello S,

There have been no recorded cases of getting HIV from rimming or being rimmed.

For vaginal or anal sex the HIV risk can be minimized if a latex condom is used properly and dose not fail. HIV cannot pass through intact latex. Having saliva on the outside of the rectum before the latex-sheathed condom was inserted would not be considered a risk for HIV transmission. Consequently your overall risk of HIV transmission is minimal at best.

I hope that helps.

Dr. Bob

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