Oral sex and HIV
May 1, 2014
Hello. I would please like an answer to a matter that has been driving me nuts. 2 years ago I met someone online and I gave him oral pleasure and he ejaculated in my mouth. I didn't swallow anything, I had a bottle of water handy, I gargled for about 5 times and spat everything out. The thing is that I've read so many times that you can contract HIV if you've brushed your teeth before act since it's possible to have small wounds in the mouth. I don't think I had any and I didn't have a gum disease either but I'm so scared. Is it possible that I've been exposed to HIV? How much of a low risk is oral sex? I should note at this point that I have never had unprotected insertive sex. The only fluids I've been exposed to were that time I mentioned above.
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.
You are HIV free from this experience.
Be well and stay safe, Shannon
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