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why conflicting information?

May 25, 2001

Hi I must say I would like some explaning on something..where you do say that giving oral sex to a woman is a very low risk you state that the cdc reports a few cases of transmission through oral sex on a woman, yet the various people at cdc whom Ive spoken with said they have no reports of it and other hotlines and web sites only no of one possible case but say its not conclusive(60 year old man with prostitue in 1989?) Please explain the differnt stats. thank you

Response from Mr. Kull

Please read the CDC's new factsheet "What you should know about oral sex" ( The chart in that publication states the following: "The risk of HIV transmission during cunnilingus is extremely low compared to vaginal and anal sex. However, there have been a few cases of HIV transmission most likely resulting from oral-vaginal sex."

The difference between one, two, or five documented cases does not make a big difference in the actual risk of transmission when performing oral sex on a woman: the risk is probably very low. Compared to the amount of cases of HIV being transmitted through vaginal and anal sex, the number of documented cases of transmission through cunnilingus is not statistically significant.


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