|insertive oral sex
Dec 6, 1996
I had insertive oral sex without protection with a sex worker in Europe. Am I at risk?
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question.
If you are RECEIVING oral sex from someone else, you are only being exposed to saliva. The concentrations of the virus in saliva are so low, that nobody has ever been infected from saliva. Keep in mind however that you can get other sexually transmitted diseases (like herpes) by receiving oral sex. However, as far as HIV is concerned, receiving oral sex is extremely low risk.
If you are GIVING someone oral sex, there is a risk of infection since pre-cum, semen, vaginal secretions, and menstrual blood can get into your mouth. The more of these body fluids you are exposed to, the greater the risk of infection there would be. If you have any open sores, cuts, abrasions, or gum disease in the mouth, the virus can get into your bloodstream. The risk is less than vaginal or anal intercourse, but the risk is real, and transmission can occur. There have already been reported cases of HIV infection specifically through giving oral sex. In addition to HIV, while giving oral sex, you could also be at risk for other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's) including herpes and gonorrhea.
In your specific instance, sex workers (prostitutes) are high risk individuals. However, if you were only exposed to saliva, your risk would still be extremely low.
If you have any further questions please e-mail me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or call me at 1-800-842-AIDS.
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