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Testing after receiving oral

Mar 12, 2012

Hello, I tested for HIV 5 and 9 weeks after receiving oral sex. Can I stop worrying about any infection? I have been so stress and crazy these past few weeks. Was my risk really a risk? Please help! I'm so worried. Thank you!

Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman

Hello there-

Oral sex is a very inefficient way to acquire HIV. The mouth does not contain the type of cells that HIV likes to infect. One study from Europe that followed couples where one person was HIV+ and the other HIV- failed to find a case of HIV transmission despite unprotected oral sex.

By 9 weeks after the encounter, antibodies to HIV should be detected by standard HIV tests.

Testing is conclusive at 90 days but I think you can rest assured that you are indeed negative and this was not a "high risk" event. Take care,


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