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Allergic reaction to semen

Feb 24, 1997

If semen produces an allergic reaction of the skin (red blotches, itching), is this an avenue for HIV transmission?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

All anybody can really say is that if there is a breakdown in the integrity of the skin, then HIV may have an access to the bloodstream. An allergic reaction (to semen, or just about anything else), could potentially lead to a breakdown in the integrity of the skin. This could especially happen if you were scratching the area, which could increase the chances of cuts or abrasions to the skin. So all we can say is that when there is a breakdown in the integrity of the skin, if semen, blood, etc. were to get onto that area of the skin, then there would be some risk of infection. An allergic reaction may lead to a breakdown in the skin, so this is something you need to be aware of.

If you continue to have problems with allergic reactions to semen (or other allergies), see your physician to determine if there's anything medically that can be done to reduce your allergic reactions.

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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