|Follow up question
Jan 6, 2014
Can there be HIV transmission through : person A giving oral sex (to person B ) and kissing person C who kisses person A that has had direct contact with person B's vaginal secretion? Even thoug person C had no direct contact with the vagina she did come in contact with the vaginal secretion via person A's mouth. I know it's not direct or prolonged contact but it's contact nonetheless , and person C has a higher change of acquiring HIV because of new HSV1 virus . Please help
| 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. Yes when you have another active STI such as herpes this risk does increase but that is just with prolong direct exposure with HIV infected fluid. Your question regarding the kissing after another person with a possible exposure carries an incredible low to no risk exposure. HIV begins to die once it is outside of the body and becomes unable to infect.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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