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Re: HIV Blowjob
May 21, 2005

Dr. Wohl, I'm cutting and pasting your reply earlier because you said so :-) But I have a quick and more specific question:

Is it possible to contract HIV by RECEIVING blow job from some one? I know it is possible by GIVING someone..

Your answer will give me LOTS of peace.

thanks! Ricky

============================= Ah, the old 'can I get HIV from a blow job' question. There are some questions that come up so frequently that I if I were not so lazy I would just create an answer that I could paste in the answer box - a sort of form letter that would serve as a reply.

"Dear Worried", it might start, "can I or can I not get/transmit HIV from oral sex is a question that many have asked since the early dayas when it became evident a virus was at the root of the HIV epidemic. While there have been case reports of individuals who swear on a stack of [fill in religious text of choice] that all they ever did that "one time" was perform oral sex yet have been diagnosed with HIV infection, studies of large numbers of discordant couples (where one of the pair is HIV+ and the other HIV negative) suggest that such transmission, if it happens at all, is rare.

My belief is that oral sex is an inefficient way to transmit HIV. Is it completely impossible? Probably not. So, with that knowledge, and recognizing that it is difficult to make the taste of condom-grade latex palatable, you and your informed partner can make a decision."

Okay, copy, paste. Send.

Thanks

DW

Response from Dr. Wohl

Nope.

Now herpes, syphilis, the clap, and other nasties - different story. D



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