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Jul 23, 2001

is it possible to get infected by accidentally swallowing semen when performing oral sex?

Response from Mr. Kull

Ejaculation in the mouth increases the risk for infection to the receptive partner (the person doing the sucking) during oral sex. Swallowing or spitting semen out of the mouth is not likely to increase or decrease the risk of infection. Virus contact with mucous membranes is all that is needed for infection to be possible.

Performing oral sex on a man, with or without ejaculation, still seems to be less likely to cause infection than unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse.

See the CDC's fact sheet "What you should know about oral sex" (


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