Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: Expert Opinions on HIV Cure Research
   
Ask the Experts About

Safe Sex and HIV PreventionSafe Sex and HIV Prevention
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


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).



Previous
Condom Tampering and storage
Next
Can using Vaseline prevent getting HIV and other STDs?

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement