Oral sex and seroconversion sickness
Feb 23, 2014
I really appreciate your time and effort to respond to people's questions on here. Your advice and wisdom is very helpful.
Two weeks ago I gave and received oral sex with another man without ejaculation. I ate chips and salsa 12 hours prior and worried there could have been small cuts in the mouth. Also when we were making out my tooth clanked against his and I fear that I might have hit his gum, but I didn't taste blood and I'm probably being paranoid. I have been told oral sex is relatively low risk, but two weeks after the incident I developed a headache and it sort of lingered as a dull pain for a couple days. My neck was sort of sore and my gum where my wisdom tooth used to be was sore and inflamed. I am worried that this is a result of seroconversion sickness. Am I just being paranoid? I want to take a test 4 weeks post exposure to find out.
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. If your symptoms continue I would recommend following up with your health care provider for further evaluation but the likelihood of HIV transmission is incredibly low.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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