Will hydrogen peroxide protect you from HIV and STDs?
Sep 14, 1998
i HAVE HEARD THAT GARGLING HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IN YOUR MOUTH AFTRE PERFROMING ORAL SEX CAN ELIMINATE ANY VIRAL INFECTION THAT MAY HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED. IS THIS EVAN CONCIEVABLE?
Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question. Gargling or rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide (or washing the genital area with hydrogen peroxide) before or after having sex, will not offer adequate protection against HIV, nor other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you wish to rinse your mouth after having oral sex, you can either use plain water or mouthwash. But even these will not offer adequate protection against HIV and other STDs. But they may help wash away infectious body fluids containing HIV and other STDs, so they may reduce the risk to a limited extent. However, rinsing your mouth (or any other part of your body) with hydrogen peroxide (or anything else) before or after having sex, will not provide adequate protection against these infections. The best thing to do to prevent yourself from getting HIV and other STDs, is to not get exposed in the first place, in other words, practice safer sex.
For more information on this topic, read the posting, Washing and using disinfectants to prevent infection.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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