a quick but serious question
May 20, 2013
hello drs,can someone gets hiv from oral sex if he/she has a really small fresh non bleeding cut on the genitals and the other partner touched it with his fingers and even sucked it with no visible blood on his fingers? ty
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there- The risk of HIV transmission with oral sex is extremely low. It is even reasonable to state that for the person receiving oral sex (that is on whom oral sex is being performed) the risk of acquisition of the virus is practically zero. For the person placing his or her mouth on someone else's genitals, the risk may be slightly higher but still very very low. Obvious cuts, wounds, sores, or infections in the mouth could raise this risk. But relatively speaking this is still considered to be a low-risk sexual activity as the mouth is not a hospitable place for the HIV virus. Please note that other sexually transmitted infections are readily spread via oral contact and you may need to be checked for these. take care, LHW
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