|Receptive oral sex and early symptoms
Aug 4, 2014
Hello, I've been reading your excellent responses and now would like to post a question of my own.
Eight days ago I had unprotected, receptive oral sex with a new male partner. He ejaculated partially in my mouth. Two days later I began to feel slightly unwell, and for the past couple of days I have had loose stools, loss of appetite and a couple of incidents of night sweats. No rashes, no fever.
There seems to be so much speculation and uncertainty about hiv transmission during receptive oral sex. When I read that it's "theoretically possible" or "non-zero risk" I'm reminded of the language used around the odds of being hit by a meteorite. Not to treat it lightly, but is that the case? I also read about the ten-year study of 100 couples, one of whom was hiv+, where not one incident of transmission via oral sex occurred.
So my questions: should I be concerned about the symptoms I describe starting two days after the encounter? And what's the skinny on receptive oral sex in general?
Many thanks for your excellent work.
| Response from Mr. Cordova
Thanks for writing in. You are correct, it's on par with the odds of getting hit by a meteorite. Your symptoms are not HIV-related. If they do not resolve themselves then perhaps a visit to your doctor is in order. They can help determine possible causes. It is not HIV.
The skinny on oral sex is that it is low-risk. Fellatio for everyone!
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