Can i Get hiv if the person has detectable viral load if im recieving oral sex?
Oct 30, 2013
Hello my question is can I get HIV if I received oral sex from a person who has HIV and he's viral is detectable?
Response from Ms. Southall
Hi 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. Theoretically, 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. HIV is not transmitted through saliva either. So even with a detectable viral load the risk is incredibly low.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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